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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 08:14 AM IST

Germany probes 21 deaths linked to poisoned sandwich case

Man eating sandwich with chips, close-up |

Man eating sandwich with chips, close-up |

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Berlin: Police in Germany are investigating the premature deaths of 21 people going back to the year 2000, following the arrest of a man suspected of trying to poison a colleague’s sandwich. Bielefeld police said today the deaths, which occurred at the company the man worked for, included a “remarkably high number of heart attacks and cancers.”

A 56-year-old man was arrested in May after surveillance video showed him putting a suspicious powder on a colleague’s sandwich. Police said the powder contained lead acetate “in amounts that would have been sufficient to cause serious organ damage.” A search of the suspect’s home uncovered further dangerous substances. Two staff at the company in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, south of Bielefeld, are also believed to have fallen ill from heavy metal poisoning.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 04:17 PM IST
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