German police give all-clear over package at Merkel’s office

A police car is parked behind suspicious yellow postal crates near the chancellery in Berlin, Germany on Jan 6, 2016.
A police car is parked behind suspicious yellow postal crates near the chancellery in Berlin, Germany on Jan 6, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) – German police gave the all-clear after investigating a package at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in central Berlin on Wednesday (Jan 6). 

“The experts found nothing suspicious,” a spokesman for Germany’s Federal Police said.

Earlier, ministers had carried on with their regular meeting after police cordoned off an area around the Chancellery.

In 2010, police intercepted a package containing explosives sent from Greece to Merkel’s office.

Europe has entered 2016 under a state of heightened alert, seven weeks after Islamist militants killed 130 people in shootings and suicide blasts across Paris.

The incident follows a security scare over New Year after police received a tip that militants from Iraq and Syria were planning attacks in Munich.