German police blunder: list of potential terrorist targets mistakenly published

8th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 September 2007, Friedrichshafen, Germany (dpa) - In a blunder Friday, German police sent their secret list of potential terrorist targets to the news media, then appealed to reporters to delete it from their e- mail. The document, issued by police headquarters in the south-western lakeside town of Friedrichshafen, also contained an assessment of the threat level and described which police units were assigned to do what against it. German police had this week arrested two German Muslims and a Turkish man.

8 September 2007

Friedrichshafen, Germany (dpa) - In a blunder Friday, German police sent their secret list of potential terrorist targets to the news media, then appealed to reporters to delete it from their e- mail.

The document, issued by police headquarters in the south-western lakeside town of Friedrichshafen, also contained an assessment of the threat level and described which police units were assigned to do what against it.

German police had this week arrested two German Muslims and a Turkish man. They are accused of buying drums of bomb-making chemicals and surveying weak points at US bases. Police are looking for more conspirators.

The document in Friedrichshafen, on the shore of Lake Constance, listed such potential targets in the area as US barracks, offices of major companies and popular bars.

It appeared intended for senior police, but was sent to the group address for the media instead.

Area police chief Karl-Heinz Wolfsturm sent a statement to reporters apologizing for the error and appealing to the media to refrain "in the interests of security" from publishing the information or referring to it.

He said human error could also happen in the police and the officers involved could expect to be disciplined.

The Interior Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg state said there would be a "comprehensive inquiry," conducted by another police command, from Tuebingen, with a view to both disciplinary and criminal charges.

Two missteps nearly marred this week's arrests.

Anti-terrorism police were shocked when a traffic patrol stopped the suspects Monday for a routine check. On Tuesday, during the arrests, one suspect ran 300 metres and seized a police pistol before he could be overwhelmed.

DPA

Subject: German news

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