Three suspects arrested after explosion outside German AfD office

Leipzig, Germany (dpa) – Three people have been arrested following an explosion outside an office of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the eastern German town of Doebeln. The three suspects are Germans aged 29, 32 and 50, police in the nearby city of Dresden said on Friday. Authorities did not give details on the possible motives, or on the type of explosive used. The blast took place Thursday evening in front of the party office, which sustained damage to its door and windows, police said. Nobody was injured.

Advertising materials were damaged by the fire, which was extinguished. A neighbouring building and two vans parked in front of the office were also damaged. The previous weeks have seen an increase in politically motivated attacks carried out on AfD offices in the eastern German state of Saxony, where the cities of Dresden and Leipzig are located. They have all been attacks on property. Police said the Doebeln incident was different from the previous ones, as the perpetrators must have reckoned with the possibility they could injure people.

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