Bomb threat in German town that cancelled Turkish minister’s speech

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Bekir Bozdağ

German police on Friday called for the evacuation of city hall in the southwestern German town of Gaggenau after it received a bomb threat.

The town had previously canceled a scheduled campaign speech by Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ.

Gaggenau City Hall was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in, said Dieter Spannagel, Gaggenau’s head of citizen services, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“We don’t know how seriously we should take this threat,” Gaggenau Mayor Michael Pfeiffer told the n-tv television station.

The person who called in the threat said it was linked to the cancellation of a controversial campaign speech by Turkish Justice Minister Bozdağ, Spannagel added.

It was not immediately clear whether police searching town hall found any explosives. The search was reported to require several hours.

The town was one of two German venues to cancel speeches by Turkish politicians campaigning for changes to the Turkish constitution that would give more power to the country’s president, currently Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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