Police: Terrorism scare at German hotel caused by prank call

A terrorism scare that prompted German authorities to seal off a hotel in the eastern city of Leipzig was caused by a prank call from Austria, police said Tuesday.

Entrances and exits to the Fuerstenhof hotel in the city centre had been sealed off after an unidentified caller issued a terrorist threat over the phone at about 2:50 am (0050 GMT).

But police later learned that the call had been made by adolescents using a mobile phone registered in Austria.

"We are ending our police operation and are taking a breath," police wrote on Twitter.

Authorities had chosen not to evacuate the hotel, but conducted searches of the building and its perimeter with machine guns and sniffer dogs.

Last update: Tue, 06/09/2016 - 16:01

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