German city on lockdown as police seek bomb suspect

CHEMNITZ, Germany, Oct. 8 (UPI) — German police conducted a major operation in the city of Chemnitz Saturday morning to search for a suspect in a potential bomb attack.

Saxony police tweeted about the operation due to “suspicion of a planned bomb attack” and warned residents of the area to remain inside.

No suspect was detained at the scene. Police said they conducted a controlled explosion at the scene as, “a protective measure taken by the police” Saxony Police spokeswoman Kathlen Zink told CNN.

The operation was focused on an apartment block in the Fritz-Heckert district and police tweeted that large areas of the city were cordoned off.

Police advised citizens to remain in their homes and refrain from sharing any photos of the operation while it remained in progress.

“Within the locked area please stay in your homes and follow the instructions of the police (here and on site),” Saxony police wrote, “Please do NOT publish any photos or videos of the police measures. Otherwise you could endanger our operation.”

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