Police are on the lookout for two men suspected of planting a bomb in a backpack that caused an explosion at a gurdwara in Germany’s western city of Essen, with authorities announcing a reward of 5,000 euros for information leading to their arrests.
A 60-year-old Sikh priest was among the three people injured when the bomb went off in the entrance hall of Gurdwara Nanaksar at the end of a wedding ceremony on April 16. The priest is recovering from his injuries at a local hospital.
Investigators have found the remains of a backpack in the debris of the blast. CCTV camera footage showed two men, one of whom was carring a similar backpack with the logo “Russel Athletic”.
Police published photos and video sequences of the two men on Wednesday and asked public for any information to track them down.
Meanwhile, the state prosecutor’s office in Essen has announced a reward of 5,000 euros for information leading to the arrests of the two men. Two men were arrested from Essen and the nearby town of Bochum on Wednesday night but were set free after questioning as the suspicion against them could not be substantiated, media reports said.
They had very little resemblance to the two suspects. Police are now in possession of new photos showing the faces of the two men more clearly and this could make it easier for the investigators to identify them, reports said.