Jan 2, 2011 - Berlin – A group of suspected anarchists attacked a Berlin prison and a police station with fireworks, stones and paintbombs, police revealed Sunday – two days after the incidents.
Neighbours observed 15 to 20 men in ski masks attacking the Pankow women’s prison on Friday night, drawing graffiti on the front wall, exploding fireworks, kicking the main door and breaking a window.
Later on New Year’s Eve, eight masked men threw cobblestones, paint bombs and two petrol bombs at a police station in central Berlin. The flames were quickly extinguished by police officers. Fires were also set in nearby streets.
Police said they were checking a claim of responsibility on an anarchist website and assumed the attacks had a political motive.
Europe’s anarchist movement has become more militant in recent years. Bomb attacks on embassies in Rome in December were blamed on an Italian anarchist group, while letter bombs mailed to Berlin and other capitals earlier in the year were blamed on Greek anarchists.