Police detonate suspicious package sent to German president

April 19, 2013 17:01

BERLIN - German police detonated a suspicious-looking package sent to President Joachim Gauck's office on Friday, a presidential spokesman said.

"A controlled explosion was carried out in the park next to the presidential palace Bellevue. An initial assessment showed it posed a concrete danger," the spokesman said.The incident came a day after US authorities charged a man with mailing letters to President Barack Obama and a US senator containing a substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin, a highly lethal poison made from castor beans.

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