Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Al-Qaida plot to attack Germany discovered

Western intelligence agencies have uncovered an al-Qaida plot to launch Mumbai-style terrorist attacks Germany, Britain and France, reports said Wednesday.

Militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany, Britain's Sky News television reported, citing intelligence sources.

It was "one of the most serious al-Qaida attack plans in recent years" and was inspired by the terror group's fugitive leadership in Pakistan's tribal areas, said the BBC.

The source of the threat information was a suspected German terrorist captured on his way to Europe and now being held in Afghanistan, said ABC News, citing intelligence and security officials in the US and Europe.

The United States was also a possible target and President Barack Obama had been briefed about the threat, said ABC News in the US citing American officials.

Planning for the attacks was advanced but they were not imminent and recent drone strikes in Pakistan had killed several leaders of the plot and severely disrupted it, said Sky.

Well-armed, commando-style teams of jihadists planned to seize Western hostages and murder them, in a manner similar to the siege of two Indian hotels in Mumbai in 2008, according to the BBC.

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