Germany warns against 'alarmism' over 'terror' threat
Germany's interior minister warned Monday against "alarmism" about the threat of terrorist attacks, after the United States, Britain and Japan issued a travel alert for Europe.
"At the moment there are no indications of imminent attacks in Germany," Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin.
"There is however a high abstract threat, and German interests at home and abroad have been in the sights of international terrorism for some time," he said.
"We take all leads seriously and investigate them with high intensity. I ask for understanding when I say that I cannot and will not describe the individual measures of our authorities.
"But you can be sure that all leads are taken into account when assessing the situation and that these leads lead to appropriate measures now and in the future.
"But there is no need to be alarmist."
Japan on Monday became the latest country after Britain and the United States to issue a travel alert for its citizens amid growing fears of a major Al-Qaeda attack on landmark sites in Europe.
Tokyo joined Washington and London in issuing an alert warning of "possible terrorist attack" by Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups against their citizens travelling in Europe.
The US State Department said in its alert on Sunday that attackers may use "a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests" in Europe.
Britain immediately backed the US alert and warned its own citizens of a "high threat of terrorism" in France and Germany.
The Japanese alert urges its citizens living or travelling in Europe to exercise full caution at possible attack targets, such as government and police facilities, public transport systems and tourist spots.
© 2010 AFP