Train station evacuated in Germany over bomb threat
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Train station evacuated in Germany over bomb threat

Federal police deploy dogs, sappers in southwest town of Rastatt a day after arrest of suspected jihadist bomb plotter in Leipzig

Illustrative: Police officers patrol at a train station in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on October 8, 2016. (AFP Photo/Jens-Ulrich Koch)
Illustrative: Police officers patrol at a train station in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on October 8, 2016. (AFP Photo/Jens-Ulrich Koch)

German authorities evacuated a train station in the southwestern town of Rastatt Tuesday after a bomb threat was called in to police earlier in the day.

According to a federal police spokesman cited by Reuters, the station was sealed off to the public and officers were searching for a possible bomb.

The bomb threat was made at 9:15 a.m. local time, sparking a massive search that includes canine units with sniffer dogs and sappers.

“Nothing suspicious has been found so far,” the spokesman added, according to Reuters.

On Monday, German police announced they had arrested a Syrian man suspected of plotting a jihadist bomb attack after a manhunt of almost two days.

“We’ve succeeded, really overjoyed: The terror suspect [Jaber] Albakr was arrested overnight in Leipzig,” police said on Twitter about the 22-year-old.

The announcement followed a nationwide search for the Syrian, who was believed to have been preparing a bombing attack, and slipped through police’s fingers as they were closing in on him.

Federal police had increased security around the country, particularly around “critical infrastructure” like train stations and airports, as authorities searched for Albakr.

He was finally caught after police learned that he had sought help from two Syrians in Leipzig, Spiegel Online reported.

Police subsequently arrested him in the early hours of Monday in the two Syrians’ apartment.

Germany has been on edge since two attacks this summer claimed by the Islamic State in which multiple people were injured and both assailants died. Two other attacks unrelated to Islamic extremism, including a deadly mall shooting in Munich, have also contributed to fears.

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