19 Nov 2010

Detonator and batteries found in plane luggage

9:00 am on 19 November 2010

German police say a suspect package containing a detonator, batteries and a ticking clock has been found in Namibia, in a suitcase checked onto a plane bound for Munich.

The bag was detected before it could be loaded on the Air Berlin


The BBC reports the flight was delayed for several hours but landed safely at Munich on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Germany increased security amid intelligence pointing to a planned terror attack in the country.

The German Federal Crime Office is sending experts to the Namibian capital, Windhoek, to examine the package.

The Namibia Airports Company said it was detected at the luggage screening point prior to loading.

Further security checks were carried out on passengers, luggage and the plane itself before the LTU/Air Berlin flight was allowed to depart.

Air Berlin said no explosives were found in the bag.