Man arrested near Berlin's US embassy not carrying explosives: police

A man was arrested near the US embassy in Berlin but police said Friday that his suitcase

Security personnel alerted police after the 23-year-old German man carrying a suitcase acted suspiciously near the embassy premises, a police spokesman said.

The suitcase was examined for explosives but only contained personal effects, the spokesman added.

He declined to confirm a report from newspaper Bild that the man was seeking revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader killed in a May 2011 US raid on his hideout in Pakistan.

Berlin's Pariser Platz, where the embassy and the city's iconic Brandenburg Gate are located, was cordoned off. The US embassy is one of the German capital's most closely guarded buildings.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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