Monday, October 4, 2010

Terrorists reportedly targeting Berlin sights

Islamist extremists are reportedly plotting attacks against Berlin's TV tower and a hotel next to the Brandenburg Gate, but the Interior Ministry has said there is no reason to change its terrorism threat level.

The list of targets includes the luxury Hotel Adlon near the Brandenburg Gate, the German capital's central station and its landmark TV tower at Alexanderplatz, US news channel Fox News said on Sunday citing unnamed intelligence officials.

The report came in the wake of a US State Department travel alert urging Americans to be vigilant against the potential for terror attacks in Europe. The Notre Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower in Paris are also allegedly being targeted by terrorists.

Fox cited a senior western intelligence official as saying that the information about the target list was provided by "a German-Pakistani national interrogated at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan" and said that information was later confirmed by another senior intelligence official.

But the German Interior Ministry said on Sunday there was no reason to change the country's security threat level in response to US and UK travel alert warning of possible terrorist attacks in Europe.

Germany has "still no concrete indications of imminent attacks" and authorities "are constantly reviewing the need to update security measures," the ministry said in a statement. "The government does not currently see any reason to modify its evaluation of concrete risks."

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