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Saturday, August 19, 2006

German Suitcase Bomb Suspect Arrested in Kiel, Police Say

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- German police today arrested one of two men suspected of placing suitcases containing bombs made of gasoline and propane gas on German regional trains last month.

Police made the arrest at a train station in the northern German city of Kiel, the public prosecutor said in a statement on OTS newswire. The man being held is thought to be one of two suspects seen in surveillance videos released to the public yesterday as part of the investigation, the statement said.

In the videos, two men are shown on July 31 each transporting a suitcase at Cologne train station before boarding local trains from the same platform. The suitcases were later found on a train from Aachen to Hamm in western Germany and from Moenchengladbach to Koblenz about 75 miles to the South.

Federal Prosecutor Rainer Griesbaum said yesterday that unknown suspects may have tried to kill a ``high number'' of people in the cities of Dortmund and Koblenz on July 31 by igniting flammable and explosive devices. The perpetrators are thought to be part of a domestic terrorist network, he told a press conference in Wiesbaden, Germany. The bombs failed because of technical malfunctions, police said.

One suitcase contained a propane gas bottle, three bottles of gasoline and a detonating device, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said on Aug. 1. The other contained a propane gas bottle.

The prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe, Germany, plans to hold a press conference today at 4:30 p.m. to release more details about the arrest.

Kiel train station was closed for a few hours today while the arrest took place and police secured the area.
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