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Train services resumed at a railway station in southern Germany after it was evacuated because of a bomb threat early Tuesday.

The station in Rastatt in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is one of the key points connecting the north and south of Germany via the country's high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) service.

Passengers were asked to leave the platforms and the station building was evacuated after local authorities were made aware of the threat by telephone.

Train services were halted from 9:15 am (0715 GMT) onwards and an area in front of the station was also cordoned off.

Bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs were at the scene but found nothing suspicious. The station is now operating again as normal.

It is unclear why the alarm was raised. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Baden-Wuerttemberg had said there was no indication of a politically motivated attack.

Germany has been on high alert following three violent attacks in Bavaria, which neighbours Baden-Wuerttemberg, in recent months. One of the incidents took place on a train, when a 17-year-old Afghan wielding a knife and axe lunged at passengers.

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