Police issue wanted photos in anti-terror alert

26th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2005, HAMBURG - Police in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday morning published "wanted" photos of three men who were overheard saying this week at a city bus stop, "We'll stand before Allah as heroes tomorrow."

26 August 2005

HAMBURG - Police in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday morning published "wanted" photos of three men who were overheard saying this week at a city bus stop, "We'll stand before Allah as heroes tomorrow."

The photos, which were taken Wednesday by closed-circuit security television, showed two clean-shaven young men and one with a thin beard and beret. Police vainly set up a citywide dragnet Thursday evening to catch the men, searching homes and watching crowds on public transport.

The men's comments, which were overheard by an Egyptian and reported to police, were interpreted as a possible hint of a terrorist attack. Police in the port city said they responded with a major alert in light of last month's bombings on the London subway and buses.

"We're expecting a lot of response from the public in the course of Friday," said a police spokesman after passing the grainy, black-and-white photographs to the media. Police appealed to the men to reveal themselves and explain if the remark had been innocent.

Udo Nagel, the city state's interior minister, said there was no concrete warning of a terrorist attack.

DPA

Subject: German news

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