Threat prompts US security alert in Germany

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23 April 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A threat posed by Islamic militants prompted the United States to increase security at its diplomatic missions in Germany, the interior ministry said. A statement posted on the US embassy website Friday said security was being tightened "in response to a heightened threat situation" and urged Americans in Germany "to increase their vigilance and take appropriate steps to bolster their own personal security." A spokesman for the interior ministry said there was "an Islamic dime

23 April 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A threat posed by Islamic militants prompted the United States to increase security at its diplomatic missions in Germany, the interior ministry said.

A statement posted on the US embassy website Friday said security was being tightened "in response to a heightened threat situation" and urged Americans in Germany "to increase their vigilance and take appropriate steps to bolster their own personal security."

A spokesman for the interior ministry said there was "an Islamic dimension" to the warning, but declined to go into the background or give any names.

German police protection for several US facilities in Germany was reinforced.

German and US officials said Friday the decision to intensify security was taken in response to intelligence information and not as a result of any specific threat against US installations or citizens.

"We've received information that US facilities could be are in increased danger. We obviously cannot give further details about this," German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

   "The situation is not a new one. We have been cooperating for a long time with the United States on this," he said in the neighbouring country of Luxembourg.

Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper reported that the Iraqi militant group Ansar al-Sunna was planning to carry out attacks against US targets in Germany.

   Supporters of the group had been spotted observing US installations in southern Germany, the newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying.

 The group, based in northern and central Iraq, has been fighting the US-led occupation and the US-backed Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The US State Department issued a global warning on April 10, saying "al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions, including Europe."

DPA

Subject: German news

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