Germany says no indication of specific terror threat

30th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Germany said Saturday that it had no indication of a specific security threat against it, as it emerged a suspect package found on a US-bound plane in Britain was routed via the German city of Cologne.

"There are no concrete indications of planned attacks against Germany," said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere in a statement.

Suspicious packages were found Friday on US-bound cargo planes in Britain and Dubai. British police said the package found on the plane at East Midlands Airport was flown in from Yemen via Cologne.

"Germany has raised its security measures to a higher level and is adapting to the situation," he said, adding that German security officials were working closely with their US counterparts.

Earlier this month, the German interior ministry downplayed possible security threats after the US, Britain and Japan warned their nationals in the Europe of a possible attack.

Meanwhile, Belgium ordered its airports to increase surveillance on passenger and cargo flights from Yemen and those bound for the US.

The interior ministry said that the threat level for Belgium and its overseas interests remained unchanged.

© 2010 AFP

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