German police prevent bomb attack

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26 September 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - German police have thwarted plans by two youth to bomb a small town apple fair scheduled for the coming weekend, arresting the youth men and seizing bomb-making equipment, news reports said Wednesday.

26 September 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - German police have thwarted plans by two youth to bomb a small town apple fair scheduled for the coming weekend, arresting the youth men and seizing bomb-making equipment, news reports said Wednesday.

Officers in protective gear raided the parental home of one of the youths in the small town of Rellingen near Hamburg on Tuesday after receiving what they called "concrete indications" that an attack was planned on the town fair.

Police said the youths appeared to be acting from personal rather than political motives.

One of them, aged 19, has a previous conviction for violence and is known to police as the leader of a local school gang. News reports said he had published instructions for making a letter bomb on the internet.

But a report Wednesday by commercial broadcaster n-tv said one of the youths was known to have right-wing sympathies and had been heard shouting Nazi slogans.

Police have linked the youths to a bomb attack on a cigarette vending machine in July, apparently intended to test the strength of their explosives.

DPA

Subject: German news

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