By Dina Elsayed, Kate Brady and Monika Müller-Kroll
Berlin police on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a suspected serial rapist near the border between Berlin and Brandenburg after a large-scale manhunt.
Oskar Vurgun from the Brandenburg police told reporters the alleged perpetrator attempted fleeing and was tracked down with the help of a helicopter and a thermal imaging camera. He was arrested Tuesday night on the Neuen Kreisstraße in Berlin Wannsee on Tuesday night.
The suspect is a 29-year-old Serb and is accused of at least eight cases of rape or attempted rape, including that of a minor. He is believed to have raped another woman the morning of his arrest.
Around 7,500 people were evacuated from their homes in Potsdam on Wednesday before the controlled detonation of a World War II bomb.
The 250-kilogram unexploded bomb was the 204th to be found in Potsdam since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Potsdam Public Order Office spokeswoman Nicole Prestin told local broadcaster rbb that the heavily encrusted bomb, which was trapped under a tree, needed to be detonated as the fuse could not be identified.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, nursing home residents in the 800-meter-radius evacuation zone were sheltered in three nearby schools.
Germany’s Die Linke or The Left Party reports another death threat against one of its politicians.
The party said in a statement that MP Helin Evrim Sommer received an email threatening she would suffer the same fate as Walter Lübcke.
The CDU politician was murdered last year. An alleged Neo-Nazi was charged with the crime.
Die Linke co-chair Bernd Riexinger said it was not the first time that Sommer has been intimidated by far-right extremists. He accused the police of not taking enough action.
Sommer is the fourth Linke member to receive a death threat over the past few weeks.
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