Angela Merkel's Office Sealed Off Due To Suspicious Package: Police

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Angela Merkel's Office Sealed Off Due To Suspicious Package: Police

Police secures the area around suspicious yellow postal crates near the chancellery in Berlin, Germany on January 6, 2016. (Reuters Photo)

Berlin:  Police sealed off German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office to check a suspicious package as ministers gathered for a cabinet meeting in the building early today.

Ministers carried on with their regular meeting after police cordoned off area around the Chancellery in central Berlin, a Reuters witness said.

Four plastic yellow postal crates were left outside the entrance, the witness added.

"We are investigating a suspicious package," a spokesman for Germany's Federal Police told Reuters.

Officers were waiting for specialists to inspect the package, he added.

In 2010, police intercepted a packaged containing explosives sent from Greece to Merkel's office in Berlin.

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.
© Thomson Reuters 2016


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