Terror attack planned this month in Germany: minister

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Terrorist attacks are being planned in Germany, including one this month, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday, speaking of a "new security situation" in the country.

"From today, there will be a visible police presence. I thought it should be explained to citizens," said De Maiziere at a hastily called press conference in Berlin.

"There will also be a variety of measures that will not be visible. There is reason for concern, but no reason for hysteria," he added.

Evidence of a potential attack towards the end of the month came from a "foreign partner," he said.

"According to information from a foreign partner which came to us after the Yemen incident, we suspect a planned attack is due to be put into action at the end of November," De Maiziere said.

Last month, authorities discovered two US-bound parcel bombs originating from Yemen, one of which transitted through Cologne airport in western Germany.

"Since the middle of 2010, the security services have noticed increased indications that the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda has been planning attacks in the United States, in Europe and in Germany," he said.

"We now have more details and indications of danger ... It is the unanimous assessment of the security services that we are currently dealing with a new situation."

Announcing heightened security measures "until further notice", especially at train stations and airports, De Maiziere said: "These are designed to be preventative and act as a deterrent."

Although the evidence of an increased threat is concrete, "it is not cause and should not be cause for us to change our daily lives totally," added the minister.

© 2010 AFP

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  • Satish Chandra posted:

    on 18th November 2010, 12:22:42 - Reply

    Behind Terror Threat to Germany:
    I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. I have shown in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world is sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. Yes, the ISI secretly supports the Taliban but it does so under direction from the C.I.A. whose modus operandi is support for ALL sides of a conflict to control the course of the conflict in service of its own goals. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole. This will not be permitted and all those participating in this enterprise, including the U.K. -- this terror threat to Germany by someone who carried out a terror attack in India is meant to get Germany's participation because of my comment just before it about Indians' inability to resist invasions and occupations -- will be duly punished; see my blog. The document leak recently in the news had been made in preparation for abandonment of this goal and withdrawal from Afghanistan because of steps I have already taken for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India with 5,000 thermonuclear warheads and extermination of its population; see my blog. Satish Chandra