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Arrest ends Leverkusen explosion threats

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Arrest ends Leverkusen explosion threats
Armed response officers at the scene of the evacuation. Photo: DPA
15:37 CET+01:00
A school in Leverkusen was evacuated when a man threatened to blow up a neighbouring building after a domestic dispute triggered an hours-long standoff on Friday.

Police, firefighters and several armed response teams (SEK) had rushed to the scene and evacuated surrounding homes and a nearby school.

But Cologne police told The Local that the man had been arrested just after 3 pm.

A police spokeswoman police earlier said the man had made the threats following a family falling-out.

He is known to the police from previous drug offences, she added.

It is not known whether there was anyone else with him in the flat. The rest of the building had been evacuated. 

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Gas and electricity supplies to the building were both cut off as a precautionary measure.

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