Eight injured after hand grenade explodes in Hamburg disco

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A hand grenade exploded in a packed Hamburg discotheque early Saturday morning, injuring eight people, two of them seriously.

A hand grenade exploded in a packed Hamburg discotheque early Saturday morning, injuring eight people, two of them seriously.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, and there were no leads on suspects, police said.

The fragmentation hand grenade that police said was Yugoslav built was hidden in a room separated from the dance floor at the "J's" club when it detonated shortly after 3 a.m. (0100 GMT).

Police said the explosive device was hidden between some seats, but were not sure how it was set off.

At the time of the explosion, 1,500 people were in the disco in Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city.

Six men and two women were injured in the attack, aged between 18 and 32, suffering from injuries to their arms, legs and bodies with one person hit in the eyes. A 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were in life-threatening condition.

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