Security scare after armoured car details stolen

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10 October 2006, BERLIN - A security scare has blown up in Berlin over a break-in where thieves obtained details of armoured-plated cars used by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder. A report Tuesday in the newspaper Berliner Morgenpost said a knowledge of how those cars are protected could help an assassin to choose weapons capable of overcoming the bulletproof glass and the steel and fibre cell that surrounds the passengers. During the break-in at a Volkswagen and Audi service c

10 October 2006

BERLIN - A security scare has blown up in Berlin over a break-in where thieves obtained details of armoured-plated cars used by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder.

A report Tuesday in the newspaper Berliner Morgenpost said a knowledge of how those cars are protected could help an assassin to choose weapons capable of overcoming the bulletproof glass and the steel and fibre cell that surrounds the passengers.

During the break-in at a Volkswagen and Audi service centre in an outer western suburb of Berlin on September 21, two laptop computers containing the details were stolen.

The fleet of German government limousines is mainly purchased from three German premium car manufacturers, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. VIP cars have armour, tyres that cannot go flat, fire extinguisher systems and other security features not found in regular cars.

Police in the state of Brandenburg confirmed Tuesday an inquiry was still under way but declined comment because the case was "too sensitive." The newspaper said police believed the burglars were just common thieves supplying demand for cheap laptops.

DPA

Subject: German news

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