Berlin car bomb, which killed one, thought to be linked to organised crime

 
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"The car exploded while driving and has then overturned," the police said this morning. (Source: Reuters)

German police believe the car bomb that killed one man in the capital Berlin this morning was related to organised crime, local media is reporting.

An explosive device planted inside a silver Volkswagen Passat caused the blast, which occurred at about 8am (7am GMT) in the western district of Charlottenburg.

"The car exploded while driving and has then overturned," the police said this morning.

The identity of the man has not been made public yet, however Bild is reporting that he had connections with organised crime.

Police are now working on the basis that it was a homicide, rather than terrorism.

Images posted by Berlin police on Twitter show the immediate aftermath of the explosion.

Local residents were initially told to keep their windows shut while the bomb squad carried out a sweep of the area, but by 11:30am (10:30am GMT) had been given the all clear.

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