Germany steps up probe of mystery highway shots

  • Associated Press
  • November 20, 2012 - 4:28 AM

BERLIN - German authorities are offering a reward of up to (EURO)100,000 ($128,000) for information on a four-year series of shootings at trucks loaded with cars on the country's highways.

Only one person so far has been injured in some 700 incidents, which started in mid-2008 and have occurred across Germany's south and west. But Joerg Ziercke, the head of Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office, said officials are intensifying their investigation further because whoever is behind the attacks started using larger-caliber firearms earlier this year.

Ziercke said Tuesday authorities hope that raising the reward for useful information from the previous level of (EURO)27,000 ($35,000) will help.

He says it appears that the shots were fired from moving vehicles.

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