Suspect Bomb Found on Air Berlin Flight
Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA) is investigating the suspicious object, which appeared to be a detonator with a clock.
It was not clear if the object, which was found while luggage was being loaded on the flight In Windhoek, Namibia, was an ignitable explosive.
"A subsequent X-ray (of the luggage) revealed batteries that were attached with wires to a detonator and a ticking clock," the German authorities said in a statement. "Only the ongoing forensic investigation will show whether this was a live explosive."
The discovery came after Germany stepped up airport and railway security measures, after receiving intelligence pointing to a planned attack towards the end of the month.
German officials have said information came to light after the foiled attempt to send parcel bombs from Yemen to U.S. targets and the parcel bombs sent by Greek militants to targets including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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