THIS WEEK IN FEAR MONGERING: CONFUSION IN NAMIBIA: SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES

(WEED$TEELER AFRICA DESK) — Namibian police found a suspicious piece of luggage being loaded onto a plane bound for Germany, German Federal Police said Thursday — but there was confusion over what was actually inside the luggage and where it was found.

Germany’s Federal Crime Office, the BKA, said the suitcase contained batteries, wires, and a running clock, and that it was being loaded onto a Germany-bound Air Berlin flight from the Namibian capital, Windhoek.

Namibian journalist John Grobler, however, told CNN he learned “it was no more than a carton full of old dirty clothes, possibly belonging to some tourists who didn’t want to pack it in their suitcase.” He said it was a “false alarm.”

Grobler said he got the information from police, then said it came from eyewitnesses.

Yet another version of events came from the airline, which said the package was actually found in one of the baggage halls at the airport and was not marked with any destination. An Air Berlin spokeswoman said the item wasn’t necessarily destined for the flight — or for Germany.

The Namibia Airports Company, which runs the Windhoek airport, said the suspicious item was found at the luggage screening point prior to loading, though it did not specify whether the item was supposed to be loaded onto the Air Berlin flight.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s