Greek plane lands in Germany after bomb threat

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23 April 2007, Munich (dpa) - An Olympic Airlines flight carrying Greek members of the European parliament made an unscheduled landing in Munich on Monday after a bomb threat, German police said. More than 120 persons were on board the flight from Athens to Brussels via Strasbourg when the pilot was alerted to the anonymous bomb threat. The plane landed without any difficulties and the passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft as bomb experts got ready to conduct a search. The Boeing plane left At

23 April 2007

Munich (dpa) - An Olympic Airlines flight carrying Greek members of the European parliament made an unscheduled landing in Munich on Monday after a bomb threat, German police said.

More than 120 persons were on board the flight from Athens to Brussels via Strasbourg when the pilot was alerted to the anonymous bomb threat.

The plane landed without any difficulties and the passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft as bomb experts got ready to conduct a search.

The Boeing plane left Athens at 09:20 (0620 GMT) from Eleftherios Venizelos airport and 50 minutes later police received the call that an explosive device was on board.

Among the passengers are 11 deputies of European Parliament, Greek television said.

German concern at Turkish "intolerance" after Christian killings

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Monday at "unacceptable intolerance" in Turkey, following the killings of three Christians.

Munich (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Monday at "unacceptable intolerance" in Turkey, following the killings of three Christians.

"Action needs to be taken to avoid a climate in which such terrible murders are possible," Merkel said in an interview with the newspaper Muenchener Merkur.

The chancellor urged the government in Ankara to ensure that "intolerance against Christianity and other religions does not stand a chance" in the Muslim nation.

The three Christians, one of whom was German, were found with their throats slit in the south-eastern town of Malatya on April 18.

Five persons have been arrested in connection with the murders at a Christian publishing house where the 43-year-old German worked as a translator.

The three victims, including two Turkish citizens who had converted to Christianity, were found with their hands and legs bound and their throats slit.

Merkel said the incident would have no affect on Turkey's negotiations for membership of the European Union. Germany is current president of the EU.

The murders in Malatya are the latest in a string of attacks on Christians, who make up less than 1 per cent of Turkey's population.

In February 2006 a teenager shot dead an Italian priest in the Black Sea city of Trabzon and earlier this year a Turkish nationalist killed Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

DPA

Subject: German news

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