Deutsche Bank CEO Target of Suspected Mail Bomb

Reuters reports that a suspected parcel bomb addressed to Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO Josef Ackermann was seized at a Deutsche office in Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday.

A senior U.S. law enforcement official told the news agency that the package was discovered around 1 p.m. Frankfurt time (7 a.m. EST/12:00 p.m. BT) in a mailroom. The device, which according to initial analyses by investigators contained explosives and extra shrapnel, did not detonate and there were no reported injuries.

Reuters said the package carried a return address from the European Central Bank’s Frankfurt headquarters.

As a result of the confirmed threat to Mr. Ackermann — one of Europe’s most powerful bankers — the New York  City police department [NYPD] stepped up security at the bank’s U.S. headquarters. The NYPD advised all New York banks to “take precautions” in the wake of the discovery of the parcel bomb targeting Deutsche Bank. The NYPD warning to bank security officials reads in part: [via NBC NY] “We have received a report of a confirmed mail (package) explosive device that was addressed and sent to … Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. The package was detected by X-ray technology inside the mail room. The package did not detonate.”

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