Germany detains suspected Islamists for beer festival

29th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Security at the festival in southern Germany, which attracts millions of visitors from around the world, has been tightened because of fears it would be a target for an attack, along with other German tourist attractions.

Munich -- German police said Monday they had detained two suspected Islamists after video warnings by extremists and would not release them until after the Oktoberfest beer festival.

Security at the festival in southern Germany, which attracts millions of visitors from around the world, has been tightened because of fears it would be a target for an attack, along with other German tourist attractions.

Munich police gave no details of the two people detained, but city police chief Wilhelm Schmidbauer said that one of them had been in personal contact with German Islamist Bekkay Harrach.

Authorities believe Harrach is the person in videos released ahead of Sunday's election calling himself Abu Talha and calling on Germany's 4,200 troops in Afghanistan to be withdrawn.

Schmidbauer said six Islamic videos have surfaced in the past week and a half, two of which referred to the Oktoberfest.

Authorities have already banned planes from flying over the festival, which ends on October 4.

AFP/Expatica

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