'Explosive' parcel found at German finance ministry: Police

An explosive package was found at Germany's finance ministry, police said on Wednesday, with national media reporting that the addressee was German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. An investigation is underway.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Berlin, Jan 18, 2017.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Berlin, Jan 18, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - German police on Wednesday (March 15) found an "explosive" package at Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble's office building, a day before he is due to host his new US counterpart Steven Mnuchin for talks.

"The package contained an explosive mix," Berlin police said in a statement, adding that the substance is often used in the production of fireworks.

"It was designed to cause severe injuries when the package is opened," said police.

The parcel was intercepted in the ministry mailroom.

Investigations were ongoing into the case, they added.