Berlin steps upembassy security

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2003 , BERLIN - Berlin police tightened security Thursday around the British embassy in the German capital after the Istanbul bomb attacks, but a spokeswoman said there was no specific indication of any threat in the city. Additional police were on patrol outside the mission and one lane of Wilhelmstrasse in the diplomatic quarter was blocked off with barriers to keep vehicles at a distance, she said. "At the present time there is no indication the attacks have any implications for the security

20 November 2003

BERLIN - Berlin police tightened security Thursday around the British embassy in the German capital after the Istanbul bomb attacks, but a spokeswoman said there was no specific indication of any threat in the city.

Additional police were on patrol outside the mission and one lane of Wilhelmstrasse in the diplomatic quarter was blocked off with barriers to keep vehicles at a distance, she said.

"At the present time there is no indication the attacks have any implications for the security situation in Berlin," she added. However city police were ready to respond at short notice. Extra guards were put outside British diplomats' homes.

Security outside Turkey's embassy was stepped up several days ago.

Turks living in Germany voiced shock at the attacks. Hakki Keskin, chairman of TGD, the Turkish community in Germany, said, "It looks like this is a series that is continuing."

Keskin said he believed Turkey's willingness to send forces into Iraq might have provoked the attacks.

He criticized Ankara for not clearly ruling out intervention, adding that 80 to 90 percent of Turks living in Germany had been opposed to the war in Iraq.

 DPA
Subject: German news 









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