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Turkish flight cleared after Germany bomb scare

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, on August 9, 2016. (File photo by Reuters)
BERLIN: German authorities Thursday searched a Turkish Airlines jet with explosives sniffer dogs after Cologne airport received a threatening phone call, but police later gave the all-clear.
The Istanbul-bound flight TK1672 was already taxiing for takeoff on the runway of Cologne-Bonn airport when it was stopped and its 111 passengers bused back to a terminal.
The threatening phone call received around 0815 GMT referred to the flight and was considered sufficiently credible by federal police to launch the security operation.
A sniffer dog then initially responded to a piece of hand luggage, but federal bomb disposal experts at 1140 GMT gave the all-clear.