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Frankfurt Bourse Temporarily Evacuated Amid Bomb Threat

October 05, 2011

(Updates to add comment from police in third paragraph.)

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Frankfurt Stock Exchange, situated in the center of Germany’s financial capital, was temporarily evacuated and some trading interrupted amid a bomb threat as police searched the building.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. local time today, exchange operator Deutsche Boerse AG said in an e-mailed statement. Exchange trading in the fully automated Xetra system was not affected though transactions in the Xetra Frankfurt Specialist model, formerly floor trading, were interrupted in all products, it said. Access to the building was restored about an hour later and trading on the floor was set to resume at 6:30 p.m., Deutsche Boerse said.

“We received a bomb threat via telephone,” said Patrick Reinhardt, a police officer at the scene. The anonymous caller said the bomb would detonate at 5 p.m., he said. Police searched the building but found nothing, he said.

--With assistance from Nandini Sukumar in London and Nicholas Comfort in Frankfurt. Editors: Angela Cullen, Ben Livesey

To contact the reporters on this story: Rajiv Sekhri in Frankfurt at rsekhri1@bloomberg.net; Julie Cruz in Frankfurt at jcruz6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net


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