Ten firefighters and two police officers injured after the explosion of a resident in an apartment building in Germany | world news

Ten firefighters and two police officers were injured after a resident used an unidentified object to cause an explosion in a building in Germany, an interior minister in the country has said.

Security sources told Reuters they did not rule out that the explosion in the town of Ratingen was a targeted attack.

Firefighters and police were called this morning after concerns were raised about two residents, North Rhine-Westphalia’s interior minister said.

Herbert Reul added that when they forced open the door of an apartment, they found a fire and one of the inhabitants used an unidentified object to cause an explosion, the minister added.

Public broadcaster ZDF said a mother and son lived in the building and concerns had been raised that their letterbox was overflowing.

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Police officers were seen gathered in front of the building.  Photo: AP
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Police officers were seen gathered in front of the building. Photo: AP

Television footage from the scene showed police snipers positioned on a balcony opposite the building as smoke billowed from a top-floor apartment.

Police said a large-scale operation was underway.

Ratingen is located on the northeastern outskirts of D├╝sseldorf, the state capital.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser is expected to issue a statement on the incident this afternoon, ZDF reported.

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