April 20, 2016 / 5:57 PM / a year ago

German airport's secret emergency plan was on internet for months: ZDF

General view of the terminal at Cologne/Bonn airport near Cologne, Germany, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - A confidential emergency plan for Cologne-Bonn airport was posted on its website for several months, German broadcaster ZDF said on Wednesday, heightening concerns about security after attacks at Brussels airport.

ZDF said the document, which was over 230 pages long and meant for internal use only, included instructions on how to deal with natural catastrophes and air accidents at the airport as well as terrorist attacks, bomb threats or hostage takings.

The SITE intelligence group reported last month that Islamic State had posted pictures on the Internet calling on German Muslims to carry out Brussels-style attacks at Cologne-Bonn airport and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offices.

The Cologne-Bonn document included detailed descriptions of where passengers should gather in emergencies. It had been on the airport website since November 2015 before the airport removed it following a query by ZDF, the broadcaster said.

The airport was not immediately available to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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