Germany releases pair suspected of 'bomb plot'

26th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

German authorities Wednesday freed two men initially suspected last month of acquiring chemicals for a possible bombing ahead of the September 11, 2001 attacks' anniversary and a papal visit.

Prosecutors pressed no charges against the men, a 24-year-old German of Lebanese origin and a 28-year-old Palestinian from the Gaza Strip.

Police took the pair into custody on September 8 and raided their homes as well as a mosque in the working-class neighbourhood of Wedding in Berlin.

However the federal prosecutor's office, which normally handles major terror cases, did not open its own investigation.

© 2011 AFP

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