German bank evacuated due to white powder scare: report


Technicians at the Adolfo Lutz Institute take white powder found in a suspicious package for examination and testing for anthrax contamination, 24 October 2001 at the institute in Sao Paulo.


Mauricio Lima

BERLIN, Germany -- Some 700 bank employees were evacuated from a bank near Leipzig today, with forty employees undergoing health examinations after inhaling white powder found in a letter in the building, reported Reuters, citing local German police. 

The Deutsche Bank in Schkeuditz, an eastern town near Leipzig, was surrounded by firemen and gas-masked equipped policemen earlier today, said Reuters

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No additional details were immediately available regarding the nature of the powder, but it raises concerns of an attack similar to the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, which involved a similar substance. 

A spokesman for the bank told Reuters Germany's biggest lender occupied part of the building. 

Local reports cited by Reuters suggested the incident could be related to disagreements over wages.