Germany consolidating anti-terror efforts

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6 July 2004 , BERLIN - Germany is setting up a central, anti-terrorism command centre to coordinate efforts of federal, state and local authorities, according to a press report.

6 July 2004

BERLIN - Germany is setting up a central, anti-terrorism command centre to coordinate efforts of federal, state and local authorities, according to a press report.

Details of the new command centre will be thrashed out in a meeting of law-enforcement officials from all regional states this coming week, said the report in the weekly Der Spiegel.

The command centre, to be located in Berlin, will be up and running by the end of the year, Federal Criminal Investigation Office (BKA) head Joerg Ziercke was quoted as saying.

"A central command centre is increasing important because the structures of terror are changing," he said.

"There is now a second generation of terrorists who in many cases have no direct contact with al-Qaeda any more," he said.

"It is only possibly to combat this network of terror with a network of information," he added.

State law-enforcement officials will confer in Kiel on Wednesday and Thursday about details of coordinating anti-terrorism efforts.

DPA

Subject: German news

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