Skip to main content
Search
Services
WORLD

German suitcase bombs 'part of terrorist plot'

YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS

Germany
Acts of terror
Railway Accidents

WIESBADEN, Germany (CNN) -- German officials said on Friday that suitcase bombs that failed to go off on two regional trains July 31 were likely part of a failed terrorist attack and released surveillance video of possible suspects they are seeking.

"If these bombs were detonated, this very likely would have caused deaths and injured," German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

"Therefore we have to take this event very seriously. And we have to expect that the danger of a repeat attempt still exists. And therefore the public manhunt for these persons is necessary."

Authorities displayed the two suitcases plus gas canisters and bottles containing liquid.

Joerg Ziercke, head of the Federal Criminal Police, told the news conference, "We have found pieces of paper with Arabic letters and telephone numbers from Lebanon in the clothes which were in the suitcases to insulate or fix the gas bottles.

"Thus, it is imaginable, and I stress 'imaginable,' that the offenders wanted to set a signal with regard to the Mideast conflict and accepted a massive threat with destruction and possible human casualties in doing so."

The suitcases containing the bombs were found on trains in Dortmund and Koblenz.

The authorities said they were offering a 50,000-euro reward for information about the failed bombings.

They also showed surveillance video of possible suspects at the two train stations.

The suitcases were identical black cases with a gas canister, alarm clock, wires, batteries and soft drink bottles filled with flammable liquid.

Story Tools
Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
Top Stories
Get up-to-the minute news from CNN
CNN.com gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
Top Stories
Get up-to-the minute news from CNN
CNN.com gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
Search JobsMORE OPTIONS


 
Search
© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by CNN.com
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more
Radio News Icon Download audio news  |  RSS Feed Add RSS headlines