Munich police remain on alert following New Year's Eve threat

2016-01-02 20:01


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Berlin - Police in the German city of Munich are maintaining a heightened presence following warnings of a planned attack on New Year's Eve.

Two Munich train stations were evacuated late on Thursday after German authorities received information from foreign intelligence agencies that five to seven Islamic State militants were planning co-ordinated attacks in the city.

A German security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to divulge the information publicly, said the key tip came from French authorities shortly before 20:00 (19:00 GMT) local time.

Munich police spokesperson Sven Mueller said descriptions of the alleged attackers included several "common Arab names" but that they could be false.

He said up to 200 additional officers are patrolling the streets on Saturday to spot any suspicious activity and reassure the population.

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