Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Germany warns of imminent terror attacks

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday warned the government had indications Islamists were planning terrorist attacks in Germany later this month.

“There is information from our foreign partners that planned attacks are allegedly to be carried out at the end of November,” he said in Berlin, describing a “new situation” regarding the Islamist threat towards the nation.

“There’s reason to be worried, but no reason to panic,” he said, mentioning “concrete leads” being followed by the authorities.

De Maizière said he had put federal police on alert and ordered heightened security at German airports and train stations.

The announcement is a marked departure from the German government’s warnings in recent months of an abstract terrorist threat.

But de Maizière said Germans should not be cowed by the increased danger.

“We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty,” he said.


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