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Hand grenade removed outside Croatian embassy before President visit

01-18-2011 08:33 BJT

BERLIN, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- German police removed a package which contains a hand grenade outside the Croatian embassy in central Berlin on Monday.

The grenade has been removed by technical experts and transported to a save place for controlled explosion, the police said.

The grenade was found at about 1 pm when an embassy staff checked the package delivered there, said the police.

The police said an investigation has begun but no clue has been found and no suspects has been locked.

The motive of the attack was still not clear, however, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic will start his three-day visit to Germany on Wednesday.

He is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued a statement after the incident saying he was relieved that nobody was hurt and the police will make a thorough investigation.

"The upcoming visit of the Croatian President will continue to be prepared for with the highest attention," Westerwelle said.

He also promised to do everything to protect the security of the foreign missions in Germany.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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