13 Jun dpa
Berlin – An attack which wounded two riot police officers during an anti-government demonstration in Berlin employed a homemade bomb stuffed with shrapnel, German police said on Sunday.
The blast seriously wounded the two and caused minor injuries to 13 other police at the leftist rally Saturday against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s austerity and welfare-cutting plans.
It had not been disclosed on Saturday that a bomb was involved. A police spokesman said the device had apparently been packed with nails or broken glass or something similar. The wounded police were in improving condition, the spokesman said.
Three demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of throwing the bomb, but were freed on bail during the night.
Organizers claimed 20,000 people attended the anti-capitalist rally.
Gisela von der Aue, minister of justice of Berlin state, said the the attack was not political but criminal, and “has nothing to do with the basic human right to demonstrate.”