German police give all-clear over package at Merkel’s office
The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been sealed off due to a suspicious package, a police spokesman said on Wednesdayworld Updated: Jan 06, 2016 18:22 IST
German police gave an all-clear after investigating a package at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in central Berlin on Wednesday.
“The experts found nothing suspicious,” a spokesperson for Germany’s Federal Police said.
Earlier in the day, Merkel’s office was sealed off due to the package. A Reuters eyewitness said there were four plastic yellow postal crates in the cordoned off area.
The ministers had earlier carried on with their regular meeting after police cordoned off an area around the Chancellery.
The incident comes hours after Merkel slammed the ‘disgusting’ sex attacks on women by a huge gang of men in the city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
In 2010, police intercepted a packaged containing explosives sent from Greece to Merkel’s office in Berlin.
Europe has entered 2016 under a state of heightened alert, seven weeks after Islamist militants killed 130 people in shootings and suicide blasts across Paris.
The incident follows a security scare over New Year after police received a tip that militants from Iraq and Syria were planning attacks in Munich.
First Published: Jan 06, 2016 14:32 IST