2004 Cologne bombing

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2004 Cologne bombing
Part of Terrorism in Germany
Cologne is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Cologne (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Cologne is located in Germany
Cologne (Germany)
Location Cologne, Germany
Date 9 June 2004
Target Turks
Attack type
Weapons Pipe bomb
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
Suspected perpetrator
National Socialist Underground (Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund)
Motive Xenophobia

On 9 June 2004, a pipe bomb detonated in Cologne, Germany, in a business area popular with immigrants from Turkey. Twenty-two people were wounded, four sustained serious injuries. A barber's shop was completely destroyed, many shops and numerous parked cars were seriously damaged by the explosion and the nails added to the bomb for extra damage.[1] Authorities initially excluded the possibility of a terrorist attack.[2]

According to Der Spiegel, a neo-Nazi group calling themselves "Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund“ (National Socialist Underground) claimed responsibility in a DVD found among the ruins of a semi-detached house in Zwickau, Germany, that exploded on 4 November 2011.[3][4]

The group around Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos, and Beate Zschäpe was also indicted with the killing of nine businessmen of Turkish and Greek origin between 2000 and 2006, the so-called Döner murders as well as with the murder of Michéle Kiesewetter in 2007.


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