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UPDATED: 13:03, August 19, 2006
German train bombs may have terrorist link
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Two suitcases containing bombs found on German trains last month were very likely to have been part of an attempted act of terrorism, a German investigator said on Friday.

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday, quoting security experts, that the amount of explosives contained in the bombs would have had the same devastating impact as last year's London underground bombings, which killed more than 50 people.

The bombs, made with gas canisters, were found on July 31 on trains in Dortmund and Koblenz, said the Chief of the German Criminal Police Office (BKA) Joerg Ziercke in a press conference in Wiesbaden.

They were apparently supposed to explode 10 minutes before the trains' arrival at the stations, Ziercke said.

He said that investigators did not believe they were dealing with an attempt to blackmail the German train operator, Deutsche Bahn, and "it is more likely than unlikely" that there was a terrorist background to the incident.

At the press conference called by the investigators to report on the development of their investigation, footage taken from video surveillance from the Cologne railway station showed that two suspects, both men, were seen to be carrying two suitcases at the station.

The two suitcases also contained a Lebanese telephone number and notes written in Arabic, according to Ziercke.

Source: Xinhua

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