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Germany ups security over terror fears

2010-11-17 13:42


Berlin - Germany's interior minister announced on Wednesday that he is ordering increased security in the country in light of a heightened threat from terrorism.

Thomas de Maiziere, Germany's top security official, said a series of recent events suggest authorities are dealing "with a new situation". He cited, among other things, a tip from another unspecified country about a suspected attack planned for the end of November - though he didn't say where it was supposed to take place.

That tip arrived after the interception of two mail bombs mailed from Yemen to the United States - one of which transited through a German airport before it was found in Britain.

The Yemen plot points to "the adaptability and the persistence of terrorists in pursuing their aims", and also underlines "the reliability of some leads", de Maiziere said in a statement to reporters, without elaborating.

He said Germany has information of its own pointed to "sustained efforts" by Islamic extremist groups to plan attacks in Germany.

De Maiziere said the current risk assessment was comparable to the one before last year's German election - when the country also raised security.

He said he is calling on police to beef up security particularly at airports "until further notice".

Though Germany has escaped any major terrorist attacks like the Madrid train bombings of 2004 and the London transit attacks of 2005, at least two major plots have been thwarted or failed before they could be carried out.

Berlin - Germany's interior minister says he is ordering increased security in the country in light of what he says is a heightened threat from terrorism.

Thomas de Maiziere pointed on Wednesday to the recent interception of mail bombs sent from Yemen, to a subsequent tip from another unspecified country about a suspected attack planned for the end of November, and to German information on "sustained efforts" by Islamic extremist groups to plan attacks in Germany.

De Maiziere says the current risk assessment was comparable to the one before last year's German election - when the country also raised security.

He said he is calling on police to beef up security particularly at airports "until further notice".