Threats with razor blades mailed to Germany's Angela Merkel, other MPs

A defaced election campaign poster featuring Merkel in Cologne, Sept 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Anonymous threatening letters in Arabic containing white powder and razor blades have been sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home and other politicians before Sunday's election, police said.

First analysis of the substance suggested it was harmless soda powder, police said on Thursday (Sept 21).

The text contained spelling errors, raising doubt whether it was sent by Islamists or far-right activists trying to stoke fear, said one of the recipients, Greens party lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele.

Berlin police told AFP that five letters - one addressed to Merkel's husband Joachim Sauer - were received on Wednesday and Thursday.

The others were sent to the head of Merkel's CSU Bavarian sister party, Horst Seehofer, the far-left Die Linke MP Gregor Gysi, and the Greens' top candidate Katrin Goering-Eckardt, said public broadcaster NDR and WDR.

The typed letters warned that the content was "deadly", mentioned the ultra-orthodox Muslim Salafist community and were signed "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest), said the report.

A government spokesman said that "we do not comment of security matters".

Police said that the domestic security agency BfV was investigating.

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