Terrorism: With the Precision of Clockwork

Swiss commandos lift the bizarre siege of a Polish embassy

When it finally came, the commando-style operation unfolded in typically Swiss fashion: it was a combination of precise timing and meticulous efficiency. At 10:42 a.m. last Thursday, a young, casually dressed, plainclothes policeman placed an aluminum container on the front doorstep of a three-story, white stucco mansion that houses the Polish embassy in the leafy Kirchenfeld neighborhood of Bern. Then the policeman climbed back into his beige Volkswagen and slowly drove away. Seconds later, the parcel exploded. The front door of the residence...

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