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Suspicious white powder turns out to be sugar

Berlin, Sept. 11 (Reuters): A suspicious white powder contained in a letter to the US consulate in Hamburg was found to be sugar, police said today, the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US.

In Washington, a US state department official said that US embassies or consulates in Germany, Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg had received letters containing white powder today, sparking fears of an anthrax attack. “Unidentified white powder was received in local mail deliveries,” a US official said.

But a spokesman for the Munich police said powder sent to the US consulate in the city was also harmless. “We can rule out that it’s dangerous. This looks like a bad joke,” he said.

The United States and its European allies have been on high alert during the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. The US embassy in Rome said it too had received a suspicious letter containing a grainy substance. It said the letter had an international return address.

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