Terror alert as armed police evacuate luxury Germany’s Hotel Fuerstenhof in Leipzig

A luxury German hotel popular with celebrities is at the centre of a terror alert this morning after staff received a bomb threat overnight. Guests at Hotel Fuerstenhof in Leipzig in eastern Germany1 were evacuated as armed police moved in to check rooms for explosive devices. Officers say the night porter at the hotel, whose previous guests have included the rock bands AC/DC and Kiss, received an anonymous call from someone using ‘broken German’ with the bomb threat.

Terror Alert As Armed Police Evacuate Luxury Germany's Hotel Fuerstenhof In Leipzig

Armed police descended on the Hotel Fuerstenhof after staff received a bomb threat in the early hours of the morning

Terror Alert As Armed Police Evacuate Luxury Germany's Hotel Fuerstenhof In Leipzig

Guest at Hotel Fuerstenhof (pictured) in Leipzig in eastern Germany, were evacuated as armed police moved in to check rooms for explosive devices

Terror Alert As Armed Police Evacuate Luxury Germany's Hotel Fuerstenhof In Leipzig

A luxury German hotel popular with celebrities is at the centre of a terror alert this morning after staff received a bomb threat overnight. Police are pictured at the scene

Social media pictures from the scene show police with sniffer dogs examining the area and checking under cars. There are also images of police with machine guns standing next to a neighbouring church. The area surrounding the hotel has been closed off while investigations continue today.

Police spokesman Alexander Bertram said the upscale Fuerstenhof hotel received an anonymous phone call around 2.50am local time today.

Terror Alert As Armed Police Evacuate Luxury Germany's Hotel Fuerstenhof In Leipzig

The area surrounding the hotel has been closed off while investigations continue today (file picture of German police)

Terror Alert As Armed Police Evacuate Luxury Germany's Hotel Fuerstenhof In Leipzig

Officers say the night porter at the hotel (file picture), whose previous guests have included the rock bands AC/DC and Kiss, received an anonymous call from someone using ‘broken German’ with the bomb threat

An initial search did not turn up anything suspicious. Police officers have been stationed in front of all hotel entrances. Bertram says the anonymous caller talked about a ‘terror attack’.

He would not give any further details during an ongoing operation. Germany has been on edge since two attacks this summer claimed by ISIS2 in which multiple people were injured and both assailants died. In an axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg, the 17-year-old attacker was shot dead by police after injuring five people.

A suicide bombing in Ansbach saw 15 people injured after a failed Syrian asylum-seeker detonated an explosive device outside a music festival, killing himself. Germany was also left reeling after a mass shooting in Munich in July in which 18-year-old Ali David Sonboly gunned down nine people outside a shopping centre. More follows.

References

  1. ^ Germany (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ ISIS (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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