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A 36-year-old man from Halle an der Saale is suspected of building bombs in his rented apartment. Specialists from the State Criminal Police Office are on duty. Earlier, the man had shouted xenophobic slogans from his window.

WThe police arrested a 36-year-old man from Germany in Halle an der Saale, who is suspected of making a bomb in an apartment. Police initially arrived because the man was allegedly threatening pedestrians from his apartment. “The man insulted passers-by from his window and threatened them with xenophobic slogans,” a Halle police spokesperson told FAZ when asked. According to witnesses, the suspect also allegedly threatened passers-by with a gun. The gun was later found to be a toy gun, the police said in a press release.

The police operation began around 11:30. The man was “hugely intoxicated” when he was taken into custody. He is known to the police. The police did not provide more information about the suspect.

Looking inside the man's apartment, further police action was deemed necessary; Explosive detection dogs and specialists from the State Criminal Police Office of Saxony-Anhalt arrived and found an explosive device that could be detonated. “The threat has been contained since 7:10 p.m.,” a police spokesperson told FAZ. The unit was temporarily “applied”.

In the meantime, more than 50 residents had to leave their homes. They may now return, the spokesman said in the evening. “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” first reported the incident.