Staff in the Frankfurt mailroom of Deutsche Bank reportedly intercepted a mail bomb addressed to CEO Josef Ackermann this week. The device contained explosives and shrapnel, but was identified and neutralised before it could explode.
The source of the mail bomb is unclear. The banking industry in general is fairly unpopular in many parts of the west right now. In response to news of the mail bomb, security was reportedly stepped up at a number of Deutsche Bank locations, including offices in New York.
According to Reuters, Josef Ackermann – who is expected to retire next year – is seen by many as the ‘face of capitalism’ in Germany. He is reportedly heavily guarded at all times, and his personal security measures are expected to be ramped up following the discovery of the mail bomb.