BERLIN (AP) — An object containing nails, screws, gunpowder and firecrackers that may have been an explosive device was found on board an out-of-service train in the German city of Cologne and made safe, police said Saturday.
They said experts were still checking whether the object could have exploded, news agency dpa reported.
A cleaner found the object in a train parked on sidings outside Cologne’s Deutz station on Friday night, police said. Specialists deactivated it early Saturday, according to a police statement.
Experts examined the composition of the object, which was moved to a secure area.
Officers searched other trains on the same sidings. As of mid-afternoon Saturday, they hadn’t found any other suspicious objects, police spokesman Thomas Held told German broadcaster n-tv.
Held said the background to the find was still unclear and police are “investigating in all directions.”
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