German police warn of 'security deficits' after attack tip

18th November 2010, Comments 1 comment

The head of Germany's police union warned on Thursday there were "security deficits" in the country, after the government said it had learned an attack was being planned for the end of the month.

Konrad Freiberg said Germany was underprepared for a terrorist attack. "We have missed a few steps along the way and there are security deficits that we have drawn attention to," he told the Hamburger Abendblatt daily.

Describing the situation as "serious", Freiberg said: "We need to do everything possible to protect the public from danger."

On Wednesday, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere ordered security beefed up across the country, after receiving a tip-off that an attack was being planned in Germany for the end of November.

"There is reason for concern, but no reason for hysteria," said the minister at a hastily convened press conference.

He said the security situation was similar to that before Germany's last general election in 2009, but the interior minister of the city-state of Berlin said the position was worse.

There is "a clearly more tense situation" than before the election, said Ehrhart Koerting.

The chief of the federal police, Matthias Seeger, said: "We assume that the current security level is a step higher than it was before the election," adding there was "no reason for panic."

Meanwhile, the interior minister of the southwestern state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Karl Peter Bruch, said there were "concrete indications" of attacks being planned in major cities Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

Germany, which opposed the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq but has nearly 5,000 troops in Afghanistan under NATO command, has never experienced an attack by Islamist extremists on its own soil.

But authorities say the Islamist scene is large and dangerous.

The closest it has come to an attack was in July 2006 when Islamic militants placed suitcases with homemade bombs on two regional trains at Cologne's main station. They failed to detonate, averting an almost certain bloodbath.

© 2010 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Satish Chandra posted:

    on 18th November 2010, 13:38:58 - Reply

    Behind Terror Threat to Germany:
    I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. I have shown in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world is sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. Yes, the ISI secretly supports the Taliban but it does so under direction from the C.I.A. whose modus operandi is support for ALL sides of a conflict to control the course of the conflict in service of its own goals. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole. This will not be permitted and all those participating in this enterprise, including the U.K. -- this terror threat to Germany by someone who carried out a terror attack in India is meant to get Germany's participation because of my comment just before it about Indians' inability to resist invasions and occupations -- will be duly punished; see my blog. The document leak recently in the news had been made in preparation for abandonment of this goal and withdrawal from Afghanistan because of steps I have already taken for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India with 5,000 thermonuclear warheads and extermination of its population; see my blog. Satish Chandra