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12-year-old suspected of nail bomb attempt in Germany

  • A woman walks past the entrance of the Christmas market in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. A 12-year-old Germany-born boy with Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off a nail bomb at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported citing security sources. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)

    A woman walks past the entrance of the Christmas market in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. A 12-year-old Germany-born boy with Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off a nail bomb at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported citing security sources. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pedestrians walk into the city hall in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. A 12-year-old Germany-born boy with Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off a nail bomb at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported citing security sources. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)

    Pedestrians walk into the city hall in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. A 12-year-old Germany-born boy with Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off a nail bomb at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported citing security sources. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Federal German prosecutors are investigating a 12-year-old boy who allegedly attempted to set off a nail bomb in the southern city of Ludwigshafen.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate confirmed to reporters Friday that the federal prosecutors' office was investigating the case, but referred further questions to prosecutors.

Prosecutors did not immediately return calls, but spokesman Stefan Biehl confirmed to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper his office was investigating.

Focus magazine first reported the case, citing unidentified sources saying the boy was born in Germany to Iraqi parents, who consented to having him taken into youth detention.

Focus reported the device found Dec. 5 was a glass jar packed with nails and material from firecrackers. Police said it would have burned but not explode.