German police say they foil stadium bomb plot

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 11:44 AM
German police say they foil stadium bomb plot

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police said Thursday they had detained a 25-year-old man suspected of planning a bomb attack outside a soccer stadium in the western city of Dortmund.

The Federal Crime Office (BKA) said it found and defused three suspected explosive devices near the stadium used by Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Police also found three explosive devices in the flat of the suspect, who was German.

The BKA said it began its investigation in February after an anonymous email tip was sent to the German embassy in Islamabad. The sender offered to provide information about two simultaneous attacks planned in Germany.

Police said the person who sent the anonymous tip became a suspect related to a possible extortion attempt. He was detained in a hotel in Cologne Tuesday and told authorities about the six explosive devices near the stadium and in his flat.

Authorities said the man detained was also a suspect in an unresolved extortion attempt against a German company in 2010.

(Reporting by Anneli Palmen in Duesseldorf; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Mark Trevelyan)