German police evacuate Social Democrats' party HQ due to suspicious object


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  • Monday, 22 May 2017

Party members and guests attend a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at their party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police on Monday evacuated the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin after a suspicious object was found in the mailroom, a party spokesman said.

All employees had to leave the building, including senior SPD members who were meeting in the Willy Brandt Haus for a weekly board meeting to discuss their party manifesto for the Sept. 24 election, the spokesman said.

In March German authorities intercepted a package containing a book concealing explosives and addressed to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who is from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

A Greek militant group, Conspiracy of Fire Cells, claimed responsibility for sending the package.

The centre-left SPD is currently the junior partner in Merkel's coalition government.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber and Holger Hanse; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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