Hamburg police release Chechens after alert

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, HAMBURG - Three Chechens detained by police in the northern German city of Hamburg after they were overheard at a bus stop talking about becoming "heroes before Allah" were released overnight Saturday.

29 August 2005

HAMBURG - Three Chechens detained by police in the northern German city of Hamburg after they were overheard at a bus stop talking about becoming "heroes before Allah" were released overnight Saturday.

Police said they did not believe that the three men were planning a terrorist attack.

"The possibility of a criminal offence against the men was not confirmed during the questioning", a Hamburg police spokesman said.

The three men, aged between 21 to 25, were picked up by police after a massive police hunt across the city involving 1,000 officers.

This included the publication of photos of three men taken by closed-circuit security television after they boarded a bus in Hamburg Wednesday.

The men's comments, which were overheard by an Egyptian and reported to police, sparked a major security alert in Hamburg. Police said their reaction came in the wake of last month's bombings on the London subway and buses.

However, Hamburg city's Interior Minister Udo Nagel told German public television Friday that he could not rule out the possibility that the whole incident had been the result of a bad joke.

DPA

Subject: German news

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