German police say a suspicious package found at the Federal Ministry of Finance contained explosives.
According to police, had the package been opened, it would have led to “serious injuries.”
“It would have been appropriate to cause serious injuries when opening the package,” the officials said.
The package was addressed to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble but was flagged by security services in the ministry’s post office, according to German newspaper, Bild. Wires were seen protruding from the package as it passed through an X-ray machine, the report said.
According to Bild, an evacuation of the ministry was carried out before the package was removed and taken to Grunewald by explosive experts for examination. There have been no reports of injuries so far.
“The first investigation results show that the package contained a so-called explosives mixture, which is frequently used to produce pyrotechnics. It was designed to cause considerable injuries when the package was opened,” police said in a statement.
A suspicious package addressed to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble was found at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance. When police inspected it, they found explosives inside.