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Nail Bomb in a Turkish Area in Cologne Hurts 17

A bomb filled with nails exploded in a Turkish neighborhood in Cologne on Wednesday, wounding at least 17 people, several of them seriously, the German police said. The bomb, which exploded in front of a hairdresser’s shop on a busy street lined with Turkish-owned stores, did not seem to have the hallmarks of an operation by Al Qaeda or other Islamic fundamentalist group, though the police said they could not rule out terrorism in the explosion. As of Wednesday evening, there had been no claim of responsibility in the attack. “Right now, we don’t know if this was a political act or a criminal act or a right-wing thing,” said Jürgen Göbel, a police spokesman. “What I know at the moment is that it was a homemade bomb, and inside of it were hundreds of nails.” Full Story

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