Empty anti-tank mine left near Italian mission

26th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 March 2007, Frankfurt (dpa) - An anti-tank mine was found Monday near the Italian consulate in the German city of Frankfurt, causing a security scare and a two and a half hour closure of a main street. Police said the weapon was a practice type which did not contain any explosives, and they were assuming the owner had dropped it in a streetside litter bin in order to get rid of it anonymously rather than to pose a threat to Italian consular staff. City police said the mine appeared to come from a US Arm

26 March 2007

Frankfurt (dpa) - An anti-tank mine was found Monday near the Italian consulate in the German city of Frankfurt, causing a security scare and a two and a half hour closure of a main street.

Police said the weapon was a practice type which did not contain any explosives, and they were assuming the owner had dropped it in a streetside litter bin in order to get rid of it anonymously rather than to pose a threat to Italian consular staff.

City police said the mine appeared to come from a US Army arsenal. There are large US military bases in the Frankfurt region.

Refuse collection workers discovered the mine as they were emptying the litter bin. The street, close to the Alte Oper theatre, was closed so that police scientists could examine the mine and search the scene for evidence.

DPA

Subject: German news

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