Suspect Bomb' On German Flight


A suspected bomb has been found in luggage meant for a plane bound for Germany from Namibia, officials have said, one day after Berlin raised its national security level.

Namibian police found the package in a suitcase at Windhoek airport during the loading of an Air Berlin flight to Munich on Wednesday.

Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA) said an X-ray revealed ""batteries that were attached with wires to a detonator and a ticking clock"".

""Only the ongoing forensic investigation will show whether this was a live explosive,"" it said in a statement on Thursday.

Air Berlin, Germany's second biggest airline, has made clear that the package was not found on its flight from Windhoek but inside the airport terminal.

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All 296 passengers and 10 crew were taken off the plane in the Namibian capital following the discovery, but were able to resume their flight following a six-hour delay.

However, the cargo from the flight has remained in Windhoek pending a police investigation.

Vilio Hifindaka, Namibia's police deputy inspector general, said the package was found in routine X-ray screening but declined to confirm or deny that it contained explosives.

The development comes one day after the German government raised security measures at train stations, airports and other public spaces on Wednesday following a tip-off from a ""foreign partner"" about an attack plot.

""Since the middle of 2010, the security services have noticed increased indications that the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda has been planning attacks in the United States, in Europe and in Germany,"" Thomas de Maiziere, Germany's interior minister, said on Wednesday.

Last month authorities discovered two US-bound parcel bombs originating from Yemen, one of which went through Cologne airport in western Germany."