Germany: Israeli Agents Rumbled by Suspicious Retiree

BERLIN (AP) -
FILE - In this Dev, 17, 2015 file picture Israeli navy submarine "Rahav" travels along the Kiel-Canal that links the  Baltic  Sea  with the North Sea  near Rendsburg,  northern Germany.  Summary: Two Israeli security agents had their cover blown by a suspicious retiree after their car became stuck in the mud in northern Germany. Police in Neumuenster were alerted Dec. 17 to “suspicious people near the canal” by the mayor of nearby Quarnbek, who had received a call from an elderly female resident.The agents were there to monitor the delivery of a new German-built submarine bought by Israel.   (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP,file)
In this 2015 file photo, Israeli navy submarine Rahav travels along the Kiel-Canal that links the Baltic Sea with the North Sea near Rendsburg, northern Germany. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP,file)

Germany police say that two Israeli agents had their cover blown by a suspicious retiree after their car became stuck in mud in northern Germany.

Police in Neumuenster were alerted Dec. 17 to “suspicious people near the canal” by the mayor of nearby Quarnbek, who had received a call from an elderly woman.

Police spokesman Rainer Wetzel said Tuesday that when officers arrived, the men “immediately identified themselves as being from whatever security service. I don’t know if Mossad was explicitly mentioned.”

The agents were there to monitor the delivery of a new German-built submarine bought by Israel.

Wetzel said “everything was checked and everything was in order,” so police and firefighters helped free the car.

NDR channel reports that a bill for 1,263.01 euros ($1,392.85) was sent to the Israeli Embassy.