Suspected Bomb Found on German Airline in Namibia

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By Tawanda Kanhema

A package suspected to contain explosives was seized by Namibian Police from a Munich bound German airliner at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

The package had been placed on an LTU/Air Berlin flight   carrying 296 passengers and 10 crew members. Police held the plane for more than 7 hours after the discovery of the explosive.

The Namibian Police has confrimed that they are investigating a case of a suspected bomb with a detonator and a running clock found at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek in the luggage compartment of a Munich bound Air Berlin flight AB7377.

Nampol spokesman Inspector J.F Nangolo said joint investigations between Namibia’s ballistics unit and Germany’s Federal Crime Office (BKA) to establish the origin of the package were underway.

“We are investigation the allegations that it might have been a bomb,” Nangolo said, “We will inform the nation and the world once we are quiet certain with our investigations. For now we will continue treating it as a very suspcious parcel.”

Nagolo said Nampol’s probe was focused on establishing whether the device found during the loading of the Airbus jet on Wednesday had been designed to explode inn mid flight.

The discovery of the package came shortly after German authorities had intercepted intelligence pointing to a terrorist attack said to have been scheduled for the end of November.

Namibia is fast becoming a conduit for criminal syndicates, with several hundred pounds of drugs having been seized from drug smugglers flying in from Brazil at Hosea Kutako International Airport over the past year.

However, this is the first terrorism related incident recorded in Namibia in recent years. Namibia does not have explicit anti-terrorism laws.

Hosea Kutako International Airport- Pic TAWANDA KANHEMA