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Germany is increasing security at airports and railway stations in light of "concrete indications" of terrorist attacks being planned for the end of November.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said it followed a tip-off from another, unnamed country.
Germany had information on "sustained efforts" by Islamist extremists to carry out attacks, he said.
Namibian police intercepted a suspicious object with a detonator and a running clock in the luggage on an Air Berlin plane from Windhoek to Munich.
Authorities in Namibia were investigating whether the device found during the loading of the Airbus jet on Wednesday could have exploded.
The suspicious package was discovered hours after German authorities stepped up security measures after saying they had received intelligence pointing to a planned attack in the country towards the end of this month.