Prosecutors searched Germany's Continental in diesel emissions probe

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Continental is pictured on a rim in Hanover
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Continental is pictured on a rim in Hanover

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German auto supplier Continental <CONG.DE> on Thursday said its premises in the German cities of Hanover and Regensburg were searched by prosecutors on Sept. 22 as part of an ongoing probe into emissions cheating devices.

Continental said it is cooperating with authorities.

The Hanover prosecutor's office could not be reached for comment.

In July prosecutors in Hanover searched Continental, investigating its role in supplying engine components for a 1.6 litre VW diesel engine which had breached emissions limits and masked excessive pollution using illegal software.

At the time, prosecutors searched premises in Hanover, Regensburg, Wolfsburg, Gifhorn, Berlin, Frankfurt and Nuremberg and investigated employees of Continental for abetting fraud and for providing false documentation.

Continental late on Wednesday warned it would post a third-quarter loss when it reports financial results on Nov. 11.

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(Reporting by Jan Schwartz and Joern Poltz; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Maria Sheahan)