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German anti-terrorism chief causes bomb scare

Last Updated: Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 16:41

London: The German police will fine the country`s intelligence chief for causing a bomb scare after he forgot his briefcase at a political gathering.
A briefcase left at a buffet at the Hannover Town Hall by Günter Heiss, head of the Lower Saxony branch of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, sparked a security scare, forcing the evacuation of 700 guests at the Hannover Town Hall on Wednesday.

Ten police officers arrived with a sniffer dog. The dog gave the briefcase the once over and, reassured, the police opened the case, whereupon they learnt that it belonged to Heiss, who is responsible for keeping track of political extremists in the country, The Daily Telegraph said in report, which quoted a local daily.

"Yes, I left it behind," Heiss told the Braunschweiger Zeitung newspaper. "It was a blunder that won`t happen again."

The police decided to fine the man responsible for protecting his countrymen from terrorism. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution is Germany`s principal domestic intelligence agency.

A police spokeswoman ruefully noted: "These things happen." "There will be a fine," Stefan Wittke, the Hannover police spokesman was quoted as saying by the German newspaper.

However, it is still to be decided how much Heiss will have to pay for the "blunder".

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 16:41

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