Courthouses around Germany evacuated over bomb threats

Several district courts were evacuated in Germany on Tuesday after they received bomb threats, police said, although searches have so far turned up nothing concrete.

Courthouses around Germany evacuated over bomb threats
Archive photo shows the Lübeck courthouse. Photo: DPA

The affected buildings included courthouses in Mainz, Erfurt, Lübeck and Wolfsburg as well as the public prosecutor's office in Erfurt, according to police in those cities.

A bomb threat arrived at the district court in the western city of Mainz at 7:30 am, a police spokeswoman said, without giving further details.

The courthouse was cleared and searched with sniffer dogs, and several adjacent buildings were also evacuated as a precaution.

In Erfurt, all proceedings have been cancelled until midday.

It was unclear who or what was behind the threats.

In April, the trial of a man accused of sending over 100 far-right letters to politicians, journalists and officials was delayed at its opening in Berlin because of a bomb threat.

Shortly before the hearing opened, the court halted the session because of a fax that claimed that explosives had been planted around the courtroom where the trial was to be held.

The fax was signed off “Heil Hitler”.

Andre M. stands accused of sending 107 threatening letters to courts, authorities, police, shopping malls, journalists and lawmakers between October 2018 and April 2019.

The threats had prompted evacuations, including of the main train station in Lübeck and a tax office in Gelsenkirchen.

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Danish fighter planes escort Ryanair flight to Oslo after bomb threat

A British national has been arrested following a bomb threat against a Ryanair flight from London to Oslo.

Danish fighter planes escort Ryanair flight to Oslo after bomb threat
Photo: Berit Roald/NTB/Ritzau Scanpix

Airport operator Avinor confirmed the presence of emergency response teams at Oslo Airport after a Ryanair flight received a bomb threat.

The flight, which was en route from London to Oslo, landed safely in the Norwegian capital.

“All passengers have left the aircraft and are on their way to the terminal by bus,” Avinor press contact Cathrine Framholt told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Following the threat, the Ryanair flight was escorted by Danish fighter aircraft to Oslo, where it was able to land.

A British national was arrested after the aircraft landed, Norwegian police have said. A bomb unit was investigating the aircraft, NRK reported at 3pm on Friday.

“Police have the situation under control and have arrested a 51-year-old man suspected of being behind the bomb threat,” police said in a statement, adding that the suspect was British.

Police said the passengers had been evacuated off the plane, which was being examined by the bomb squad.


Denmark’s military confirmed via Twitter that two F-16 aircraft were used to escort the passenger flight.

“Danish F-16s have broken the sound barrier over Jutland with a subsequent loud bang. The planes are providing support in connection with an emergency. No further comment at this time,” the Danish armed forces tweeted just after 12:30pm.

The incident is the second threat against a Ryanair flight this week. A service from Dublin to Krakow was diverted to London Stansted Airport after a note was found in the aircraft toilet claiming a bomb was on board, media including the BBC reported.

No suspicious objects were found and two men were arrested following that incident.