US warns travellers of terrorism during World Cup

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2 May 2006, WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday warned American citizens travelling to Germany for the World Cup this summer of possible terrorist attacks. The US State Department also said there is no evidence terrorists are plotting to strike, but that there is always the possibility of an attack at a major public event. "While there have been no specific, credible terrorist threats to the FIFA 2006 World Cup, in this post-September 11 world, the threat from international terrorist groups at major p

2 May 2006

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday warned American citizens travelling to Germany for the World Cup this summer of possible terrorist attacks.

The US State Department also said there is no evidence terrorists are plotting to strike, but that there is always the possibility of an attack at a major public event.

"While there have been no specific, credible terrorist threats to the FIFA 2006 World Cup, in this post-September 11 world, the threat from international terrorist groups at major public events is always a principal concern," the advisory said.

A State Department spokeswoman said the public announcement was not aimed at discouraging Americans from attending the World Cup but to keep them informed about the situation in Germany.

"If we didn't want Americans to go, we would strongly urge Americans not to travel, and that is not in this announcment," the spokeswoman, Angela Aggeler said. "Our intent is to inform."

The State Department announcement said that al-Qaeda's proven capability of hitting large structures, including hotels, makes it one of the greatest potential threats to the world football championship, which begins on June 9 and lasts for one month.

Matches are scheduled to be played in a dozen German cities. In the past the State Department has issued advisories for other major sporting events, including the Olympics. The statement was not an official travel warning the department typically issues when it believes there is a dangerous environment in a country.

The statement warned of potential violence from hooligans and radical left and right wing groups in Germany seeking to disrupt the World Cup, and advised against attending protests. It also said the US embassy will not be able to help Americans who get in trouble with German authorities out of jail.

DPA

Subject: German news

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