Austrian police yesterday arrested a man after his explosives-laden backpack set off alarms at the US embassy in Vienna. He fled when the bag, filled with grenade-like bombs and nails, triggered metal detectors. He was caught soon after nearby and told police that an acquaintance, who was also later detained, had given him the bag.
The first man, 42, is of Bosnian origin with a home in Austria. He was carrying an Islamic religious book and appeared to be "mentally tattered," said an investigator. "There were a lot of nails in that bag. Had it exploded, it would have had an enormous shrapnel effect," said one investigator.