Germany minister now warns of terror attack threat

BERLIN, Nov 6 (BestGrowthStock) – German Interior Minister Thomas de
Maiziere was quoted on Saturday as saying there were “serious
indications” of terror attacks in preparation in Europe and the
United States but did not provide any further specific details.

De Maiziere, who until now has regularly played down
security worries, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he was
concerned.

“There are indications that have to be taken seriously of
attacks in Europe and the United States,” de Maiziere told the
Sunday newspaper. “Events have prompted me to express my
concerns publicly for the first time.”

Over the past week, parcel bombs were sent from Yemen to
U.S. targets, and by militants in Greece to embassies and EU
governments, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office.
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De Maiziere called the parcel bombs sent from Yemen “a very
serious attempted attack”.

Last month, the United States and Britain advised caution to
travellers visiting Germany and France and intelligence sources
spoke of plots against European cities involving al Qaeda and
allied militants, some of them European citizens or residents.

But de Maiziere then said he saw no immediate signs of a
threat, talking instead of a general abstract danger.

Germany has long viewed itself as a potential target because
it has 4,590 military personnel stationed in Afghanistan, the
third largest contingent of the 150,000-strong international
force fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.

Germany has been largely spared terror attacks by Islamic
militants, even though the leaders of the 9/11 attacks on the
United States in 2001 were students based in Germany.

De Maiziere said this week Germany wants the EU to introduce
new security measures against terror attacks on air freight to
help tighten global rules [ID:nLDE6A21CK].

(Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by x)

Germany minister now warns of terror attack threat