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Police dig up weapons cache – Suspect (69) blows himself up shortly afterwards

Created: 08/11/2022 Updated: 8/11/2022, 4:14 p.m

Ein Polizist aus Nordrhein-Westfalen steht vor einem Einsatzfahrzeug
The police in North Rhine-Westphalia have dug up a weapons cache. A suspect apparently committed suicide. (Iconic image) © David Inderlied/dpa

A man apparently bunkers weapons in a North Rhine-Westphalian town. The police confiscate them. A day later, the suspect is found dead.

Attendorn/Munich – On Wednesday (August 10), the Hagen police in Attendorn (North Rhine-Westphalia) dug up a weapons cache. In the course of the operation, a 69-year-old was provisionally arrested. According to the police and the investigating public prosecutor’s office in Siegen, the man was suspected of possessing weapons of war as well as the corresponding parts and ammunition.

The suspect’s home was also searched. “During the search, the officers found objects and documents that indicated that the 69-year-old Attendorner had clearly right-wing attitudes,” the police said in a statement. Various weapons and ammunition were also confiscated from his property. These could fall under the War Weapons Control Act.

Police find arms depot in Attendorn – suspect (69) blows himself up the day after the raid

On Wednesday evening, according to the police, the magistrate at the Olpe District Court suspended the arrest warrant against the man subject to reporting requirements. A day later, the case came to a head dramatically. According to a report by Bild , the 69-year-old blew himself up in a forest in Sauerland. Accordingly, the man had an explosives bunker there. Emergency services would still search the area around the bunker for booby traps on Thursday afternoon (August 11).

The police are assuming a suicide: “According to previous investigations, it can be assumed that a suicide occurred not far from the man’s home address.”

The investigating senior prosecutor also stated that the 69-year-old already had a criminal record. “The man is known for several similar offenses and has already served prison sentences,” he said on Wednesday (August 10) during a press conference.

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