Four injured as explosion near train station rocks German city of Munich

The blast, which damaged shops and tram lines near Schwerin station, is being treated as ‘probable terrorist attack’ Four injured as explosion near train station rocks German city of Munich An explosion has rocked…

Four injured as explosion near train station rocks German city of Munich

The blast, which damaged shops and tram lines near Schwerin station, is being treated as ‘probable terrorist attack’

Four injured as explosion near train station rocks German city of Munich

An explosion has rocked the German city of Munich, injuring at least four people.

The explosion damaged shops and tram lines near Schwerin station, a major transport hub near Munich’s old town, and smashed shop windows.

Munich police said the blast, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, was being treated as a “probable terrorist attack” and warned people to stay away from the area. Several trains were cancelled, public transport was suspended and emergency vehicles patrolled the streets.

Munich police say they are treating the explosion at Schwerin train station as a ‘probable terrorist attack’ and are warning people to stay away from the area. Photograph: Klaus Iraeff/EPA

The German news agency dpa reported that the bombing was preceded by a bomb alert that raised fears of a second attack. When police responded to the first call, they came under attack with stones and broken glass, dpa reported.

The German interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, described the bombing as a “painful and terrible incident”. “We have to mobilise all the forces to investigate the exact nature of the incident. I am now gathering information and will discuss our response with the appropriate authorities,” he said.

“We are doing everything to protect the population. The number of victims is confirmed to be of four people who have been injured,” he added.

Markus Kaunitz, the Bavarian interior minister, said it was a “big challenge” to police because they had few clues to the attacker’s identity.

Munich’s Münsterstrasse train station is the first stop on the city’s subway system. Photograph: DPA/REX/Shutterstock

Munich’s Münsterstrasse train station is the first stop on the city’s subway system. It was reopened a short time later and a cab driver, Thomas Dvorak, said that there was no panic at the station. “I think that this situation is already under control and we can go about our usual business,” he said.

The German federal government said it was in close contact with local authorities, adding that it was working with local authorities on the investigation.

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