Ger­many closes mo­tor­way in bomb scare near Aus­tria

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Ger­man po­lice closed a mo­tor­way at the Aus­trian bor­der overnight af­ter stop­ping a car car­ry­ing sus­pected bomb-mak­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Dur­ing a rou­tine check at the Kiefers­felden bor­der cross­ing, po­lice found “ex­plo­sive-like” ma­te­ri­als in a Pol­ish-reg­is­tered car. The dis­cov­ery trig­gered a ma­jor se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion.

The po­lice de­tained the Pol­ish driver and his three African pas­sen­gers, from Ivory Coast and Guinea. The A93 mo­tor­way was later re­opened. Three pipes were found in the car which po­lice sus­pect were in­tended for pipe bombs. They also found a large amount of gun­pow­der in the car, as well as con­nect­ing wires and sev­eral mo­bile phones.

The Pol­ish driver’s in­ten­tions re­main a mys­tery. He is sus­pected of traf­fick­ing the Africans into Ger­many il­le­gally.

Ger­man po­lice have stepped up checks on ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing from Aus­tria since last year’s un­ex­pected in­flux of 1.1 mil­lion mi­grants and refugees.

The se­cu­rity forces raised the alert level af­ter a num­ber of gun, bomb and ma­chete at­tacks in Ger­many dur­ing the sum­mer, in­clud­ing a mass shoot­ing in Mu­nich.

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