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Germany’s largest mosque evacuated after bomb threat

Germany's largest mosque was evacuated on Tuesday following a bomb threat sent via email, Cologne police said.

The Central Mosque in the western city of Cologne, which is run by the Turkish-Muslim umbrella group DITIB, was cordoned-off after 50 people were taken to safety, according to a police spokesperson.

The building was then searched and an 11:15 a.m. (0915 GMT) deadline mentioned in the threatening email had passed without incident, police spokeswoman Annemarie Schott told reporters outside.

The operation was still ongoing by midday.

Germany, a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

(Source: Reuters)

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