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Driver rams German party headquarters in apparent suicide bid

Police said the car, which crashed through the first set of glass doors of Willy Brandt House, the SPD’s headquarters, was laden with petrol canisters and gas cartridges.

world Updated: Dec 25, 2017 15:05 IST
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Petrol and lighter fluid canisters are seen next to a car in the lobby of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters after a vehicle was used to ram the building in Berlin.(AFP Photo)

A man drove a car at the entrance of the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) late on Sunday evening, lightly injuring himself in what police said was an apparent suicide attempt.

Police said the car, which crashed through the first set of glass doors of Willy Brandt House, the SPD’s headquarters, was laden with petrol canisters and gas cartridges. The building’s sprinkler system extinguished the resulting blaze.

Authorities did not identify the man, saying only that he was 58 years old. It was unclear why he had chosen the SPD, which is about to start negotiations on governing for another four years in coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, as his target.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment for superficial injuries. Nobody else was hurt. Police and state security services were investigating further.

First Published: Dec 25, 2017 15:05 IST