Suspected bomb with running clock found in luggage on Air Berlin flight from Namibia to Germany
Namibian police intercepted a suspicious object with a detonator and a running clock in luggage on an Air Berlin plane from Windhoek to Munich, Germany’s Federal Crime Office (BKA) said on Thursday. The BKA said it was not clear if the object found during loading of the Airbus jet was an ignitable explosive.
The discovery came after Germany stepped up airport and railway security measures on Wednesday. Germany has received intelligence pointing to a planned attack in the country towards the end of this month.
The flight left Wednesday after a six-hour delay after all of its cargo had been removed, the company said in an e-mailed statement from the capital, Windhoek. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday that the threat against the country from ‘Islamic groups’ had become ‘more serious’.
He said information had emerged following a spate of parcel bombs sent from Yemen to US targets at the end of October, coinciding with parcel bombs sent by Greek militants to targets including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.