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Jilted lover accidentally blows up building

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German charged with murder for causing a gas
explosion that destroyed half an apartment building and killed his neighbor,
told a court Wednesday he was only trying to kill himself because he was

The 22-year old on trial in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, said he
had opened the natural gas taps in his apartment intending to commit
suicide after his girlfriend broke up with him by phone.

When the 17-year old later arrived to pick her belongings up from his flat,
she unwittingly lit a cigarette which ignited the gas and blew up half of
the building, injuring 15 people and killing a 45-year old neighbor.

The 22-year-old man and his ex-girlfriend survived the blast. Ralf Wolters,
a court spokesman, said the man said he did not realize there was a risk
of explosion.

Wolters said the 22-year-old was charged with murder, attempted murder
and grievous bodily harm.
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