German police launch manhunt over suspected bomb plot

2016-10-08 15:58


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Berlin - Police on Saturday launched a huge manhunt in the east German town of Chemnitz for a suspect believed to have been planning a bomb attack.

Residents were told to stay in their homes during the operation which followed a tip-off from domestic intelligence. An explosion had been heard in the town.

"We are carrying out in Chemnitz a large-scale operation due to suspicions that a bomb attack was being prepared," police said on Twitter, urging residents to stay at home.

"The explosion heard in the area was a police entry measure. The wanted person has not been found," police added.

Germany has been on edge after suffering two attacks claimed by IS in July - an axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg that injured five and a suicide bombing in Ansbach that left 15 wounded.

A police spokesperson told AFP the operation was launched in response to information provided by domestic intelligence.

The attacks in July rattled Germans' sense of security and fuelled concerns over the country's record influx of migrants and refugees last year.

German police said previously they had identified 523 people who posed a security threat to the country, around half of whom were known to be currently in Germany.

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