Police operations are currently taking place in several town halls in the Federal Republic. Bomb threats were emailed at night. Neunkirchen and Kaiserslautern are also affected. The buildings were evacuated. The “detonation-like noises” heard in Saarland, on the other hand, are the supersonic bang of Bundeswehr jets that announced training flights today.
An explosion was apparently announced in the emails, reports Saarländischer Rundfunk. The town hall of Neunkirchen and the adjacent kindergarten were evacuated. The buildings are currently being searched for explosives.
In addition to Neunkirchen, these threats were also sent to the city halls of Augsburg, Kaiserslautern, Göttingen, Chemnitz and Rendsburg. Police measures are underway in all cities.
A loud bang startles citizens
Meanwhile, several “detonation-like” noises startled citizens. However, it is said that this was neither a "detonation" or "explosion", but rather training flights by the American Air Force.
Police in Neunkirchen give the all-clear
According to the Neunkirchen police, the email received the bomb threat at 01:37 am, after which a bomb explosion in the building was threatened during the day. The police in Neunkirchen:
After an initial assessment, the seriousness of the threat could not be ruled out. The town hall was therefore closed to both the public and employees of the city of Neunkirchen. Due to the fact that the threat was received so early in the day, there weren't many employees at work yet. The town hall was cleared as well as an adjacent day care center. During the morning, the town hall was also searched with explosives search dogs, without finding anything suspicious. The police operation ended at around 12:30 p.m.Police in Neunkirchen
Göttingen police give the all-clear
A few seconds ago, the Göttingen police announced on Twitter that the block had been lifted.
Current information on the measures in Kaiserslautern
The building is also under investigation in Kaiserslautern. According to a police spokesman, more than 1000 administrative staff were affected by the evacuation. The search measures are currently ongoing. Several explosives detection dogs search the building. According to the Kaiserslautern police, "so far nothing has been found". The US military police and the police headquarters in Mainz and Rheinpfalz also support the campaign. No information can yet be given on the background of the bomb threat.
Bomb threats in the past few days
There have been repeated bomb threats in the past few days. For example, the Pinneberg train station (Schleswig-Holstein) was cleared briefly on Monday after a bomb threat; last week a bomb threat was issued against the town hall of Flensburg.