Namibian officer charged with smuggling explosive

A Namibian court has charged a senior airport police officer with placing a fake bomb at an airport in the country's capital last week.

The court said Monday that Nehemia Shafuda, chief inspector of the Namibian police aviation security, faces charges for smuggling a suspected explosive device, using the device in an airport and giving false information that interfered with airport operations.

The suspicious device, found on a conveyor belt with luggage on a Germany-bound flight, did not contain explosives, but airport security did not know that when it was discovered Wednesday at the Windhoek airport.

Germany is on alert because of warnings of heightened terrorism threats.