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Friday
Nov192010

Suspicious Suitcase Bound for Germany Was a Dummy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BERLIN) -- German authorities have confirmed Friday that a suspect package that was to be loaded onto a German-bound flight was just a security test. The packages caused a security scare that made headlines worldwide.

Authorities say the suspicious suitcase -- which was found at a luggage screening point in a Namibian airport before it was loaded onto an Air Berlin flight bound for Munich -- was a so-called "real test" suitcase.  No explosives were found and at no time was there any danger to passengers.

After the suitcase's discovery on Wednesday, all passengers and luggage were removed from the plane as a precautionary measure.  Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office on Thursday said a scan of the suitcase revealed batteries attached by wires to a fuse and a clock.

Germany is already on the highest state of alert after intelligence received warnings of possible terrorist attacks.  The country has increased security at transportation hubs, like airports and train stations.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Suspicious Bag Bound for Germany Found in Namibian Airport

Photo Courtesy - Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- Just as Germany stepped up security measures at transportation hubs, a suspicious bag was found in Namibia Wednesday before it was to be loaded onto a German-bound flight.

Police found the suitcase at a luggage screening point of Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport before it was loaded onto an Air Berlin flight bound for Munich.  After the discovery, all 296 passengers and luggage were removed from the plane as a precautionary measure, according to the Namibia Airports Company.

After a delay, the plane was allowed to depart and landed in Munich Thursday morning.  All of the flight's cargo stayed behind for investigation.

On Thursday, Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office said a scan of the suitcase revealed batteries attached by wires to a fuse and a clock.  According to the office, authorities in Windhoek, Namibia are determining whether or not the device was explosive.

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