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Man Punches Guard at US Embassy in Berlin, Triggers Bomb Scare

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    Police officers examine a suitcase in front of the U.S. embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 11, 2016.

    A man punched a guard at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and claimed he had an explosive in his suitcase, officials said Friday, NBC News reported. 

    The U.S. Embassy said a man with a suitcase approached the entrance to the building near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate at around 1:25 a.m. ET and presented a passport he wanted to renew.

    "When the embassy's local guard offered a card with the address for passport services, the man struck the guard with his fist," the embassy said in a statement.

    Police handcuffed the man after the guard pinned him down but the suspect "yelled that he had a bomb in the suitcase" as he was led away by officers, the embassy added.

    A German bomb expert was called in and a robot was used to rule out explosives, the statement added.