|Airport security head admits to bomb plot
Reuters | November 21, 2010
Police have arrested the head of airport security at Namibia's main
airport on charges he planted a dummy explosive device in luggage destined
for a German flight earlier this week, Germany's interior ministry said
Citing Namibian authorities, an interior ministry spokesman said the
man was arrested for having placed a bag containing a simulated detonator
on a luggage conveyor belt, and that he had admitted to doing so.
"The Namibian police have informed us that the head of Windhoek airport
security was arrested yesterday evening," a spokesman said, declining to
"Namibian police have no knowledge as to a possible motive," he added.
German police had dispatched experts shortly after the detonator was
discovered to join a task force in Namibia that also included the FBI and
Police found the laptop bag, which contained a test detonator and clock
- in routine security checks at Windhoek airport before an Air Berlin flight
to Munich on Wednesday, sparking concerns in Germany which is on heightened
Police in Namibia, a former German colony neighbouring South Africa,
subsequently confirmed the detonator was an explosive simulation training
device manufactured by a US company.
In Windhoek yesterday, police Deputy Inspector-General Vilio Hifindaka
said the suspect, arrested on Friday, would be brought before court on
"The suspect was identified using CCTV footage. On the footage the
suspect was seen handling the parcel," he said.
"We do not know if the suspect was working alone or whether there are
third parties involved," he added.
"The investigation into this is still ongoing."