Europe

Police: threat against German hotel was teenagers' hoax

Police officers walk with a dog iinto the Hotel Fuerstenhof in Leipzig, Germany,Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016.  Police sealed off the hotel following a terror warning.  Police in the eastern city of Leipzig, Germany, are investigating an anonymous threat of an attack against a hotel and have established a heavy police presence in front of the building. Police spokesman Alexander Bertram said the upscale Fuerstenhof hotel received an anonymous phone call Tuesday. A search did not turn up anything suspicious. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Police officers walk with a dog iinto the Hotel Fuerstenhof in Leipzig, Germany,Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016. Police sealed off the hotel following a terror warning. Police in the eastern city of Leipzig, Germany, are investigating an anonymous threat of an attack against a hotel and have established a heavy police presence in front of the building. Police spokesman Alexander Bertram said the upscale Fuerstenhof hotel received an anonymous phone call Tuesday. A search did not turn up anything suspicious. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

An anonymous call threatening a "terror attack" on a German hotel on Tuesday morning was a hoax by teenagers in Austria, police in the eastern city of Leipzig said.

They called off an extensive search of the hotel and withdrew police from around the building after they identified the caller.

In a tweet, police said the threat was "apparently a bad joke by teenagers from Austria via a cellphone."

They did not say whether they were pursuing charges and could not immediately be reached.

Police spokesman Alexander Bertram said earlier that the upscale Fuerstenhof hotel received an anonymous phone call around 2:50 a.m. local time.

Germany has been on edge since two attacks this summer claimed by the Islamic State in which multiple people were injured and both assailants died.