Explosion outside AfD office. Police detained three people after blast in German city of Döbeln. Anti-terror investigators see blast as escalation of anti-AfD vandalism.

This is reminiscent of the Weimar Republic which was founded in 1919 after WWI.  Fourteen years later the Nazis came into power on January 30, 1933.  In Germany today the middle road is being carved out.  The extremes are gaining more prominence. The AfD has 93 seats in the Federal Reichstag.  Well over 10 percent.

Deutsche Welle 1.4.2019

German authorities may soon release three suspects who were detained following a blast near the AfD’s local office in Döbeln, officials said on Friday.

The men, local Germans aged 29, 32, and 50, are suspected of detonating an “unknown substance” in the street on Thursday evening.

The explosion damaged the door and windows of the AfD office and set fire to promotional materials inside, prompting firefighters to deploy to the scene. Nearby cars were reportedly also damaged. No injuries were reported.

On Friday, prosecutors said they suspected the three men were behind the attack, but added that they would not request their detention because there was insufficient grounds to do so.

“The attack against the AfD office in Döbeln is extraordinary given that the explosion meant accepting that people could be harmed,” the state police said. A task force for investigating extremism and terrorism, it added, was probing Thursday’s incident.

Police said there had been a series of attacks against AfD offices in the eastern state of Saxony in recent weeks, but added that most of them were limited to vandalism.

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