Couple suspected of threatening to derail trains

22nd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

Berlin (dpa) - To the relief of the German railways, a couple who threatened over a two-week period to derail trains have been arrested on extortion charges, police in Berlin said Thursday. The Deutsche Bahn rail company had not made the threats public. Police said they took into custody a man, 45, and a woman, 41, in the northern town of Springe shortly before midnight Wednesday. "We're glad they've been caught. Congratulations to the police," said Deutsche Bahn chief executive Hartmut Mehdorn. He said he

Berlin (dpa) - To the relief of the German railways, a couple who threatened over a two-week period to derail trains have been arrested on extortion charges, police in Berlin said Thursday.

The Deutsche Bahn rail company had not made the threats public.

Police said they took into custody a man, 45, and a woman, 41, in the northern town of Springe shortly before midnight Wednesday.

"We're glad they've been caught. Congratulations to the police," said Deutsche Bahn chief executive Hartmut Mehdorn. He said he did not know of any actual interference with the tracks.

"We can't totally protect our lines from attack," he added.

Western Europe's most populous nation has 34,000 kilometres of railway lines, including many where high-speed Inter-City Express (ICE) passenger trains cruise at well over 200 kilometres per hour.

A newspaper, the Berliner Morgenpost, said capital-city police began the inquiry two weeks ago after demands for money backed by threats to damage tracks nationwide were sent to the company.

DPA

Subject: German news

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