Bomb Threat Leaves US Air Base on Alert

German police, American security swing into action
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2007 7:13 AM CDT
U.S. soldiers check a vehicle in front of the main entrance of U.S. airbase in Spangdahlem, western Germany, Tuesday, Sept.11, 2007. A man called the air base and threatened to attack it, prompting police...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US air base in Spangdahlem, Germany, received a phoned-in bomb threat last night, and German police and the American military personnel have secured the facility. Although officials say they doubt the threat is credible, they're taking no chances. "It is being taken very seriously given the current situation and because of the date," said a local police spokesman.

A man who spoke German with a Russian or Turkish accent claimed he had bombs and would attack with four accomplices, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, police in Ankara intercepted a huge car bomb in a parking structure in the center of the Turkish capital, heading off what the city's governor called a "possible catastrophe," the BBC reports.