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US airbase on terror alert in Germany

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An American airbase in Germany has been sealed off after receiving a bomb threat. The alarm was raised at Spangdahlem airfield on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Police said the threat came in a call from a man speaking German with a Russian or Turkish accent. He said he had at least four accomplices.

The threat against Spangdahlem comes roughly a week after German anti-terrorist police arrested three men suspected of planning to attack a series of targets across the country. They are believed to have links with Al-Qaeda and had amassed vast quantities of bomb-making chemicals and military detonators. The targets are thought to have included the US airbase at Ramstein, as well as Frankfurt airport.