German Cops Nab Boy Amid Threats

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 7:39 PM CDT
People place candles for the victims of the school attack in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, March 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer)
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(Newser) – Amid a wave of copycat threats, German police yesterday arrested a teenager suspected of planning to blow up a school near Düsseldorf, the London Times reports. Police discovered bomb-making instructions, gunpowder, and other weapons in the home of the 17-year-old after he threatened to destroy his school on April 20, Hitler's birthday. The boy was under psychiatric care last night.

Meanwhile, copycat threats kept police busy in other parts of Germany and Europe. Two other students were arrested, one in Holland, and a school in southern Germany was searched with sniffer dogs. Investigators also continued to probe an online threat allegedly posted by Tim Kretschmer, a German student who killed 15 people and himself near Stuttgart this week.