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In the wake of the US travel warning urging Americans to be more alert
on their travels in Europe, new information has been released detailing a
list of suspected terror target sites.
Fox News reported that the possible targets include famous European
landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and Central Station, as well as
London's Buckingham Palace.
warns Americans to be vigilant when in Europe
officials: Bin Laden involved in European terror plot
The FBI and Homeland
Security Department said Monday that they have no indication that
terrorists are targeting the US or its citizens as part of a new threat
According to an intelligence bulletin obtained by
The Associated Press, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland
Security said they do believe that the al-Qaida terrorist network
continues to want to attack the United States, but there was nothing
pointing to anything specific, imminent or related to the European
warned law enforcement authorities to be on the lookout for suspicious
activity, as it's more difficult to detect terror plots carried out by
individuals or small groups.
"We are aware of, and closely
monitoring, recent reporting indicating a terrorist threat to Europe,"
the bulletin said. "At this time, there is no indication that the
reported threat is directed specifically toward the United States, its
citizens, or infrastructure; however, we assess that al-Qaida and its
affiliates continue to plot against the Homeland and US allies."
Also responding to the travel warnings, a US official told ABC News that the lobbies of five major Europeans airports may be targeted in the suspected
ABC News also quoted Pakistan's Ambassador
Husain Haqqani as saying that "several people" involved in the plot had
been identified and targeted.
Japan issued a travel alert for Europe
on Monday, joining the United States and Britain in warning of a
possible terrorist attack by al-Qaida or other groups, but tourists
appeared to be taking the mounting warnings in stride.
Foreign Ministry in Tokyo urged Japanese citizens to be cautious when
using public transport or visiting popular tourist sites — issuing
another blow to Europe's tourism industry, which is just starting to
recover from the global financial crisis.
authorities — especially in Britain, France and Germany — tightened
efforts to keep the public safe in the wake of warnings by officials
that the terrorism threat is high and extra vigilance is warranted.
week, a Pakistani intelligence official said eight Germans and two
British brothers were at the heart of an al-Qaida-linked terror plot
against European cities, but the plan was still in its early stages,
with the suspects calling acquaintances in Europe to plan logistics. The
official said the suspects were hiding in North Waziristan, a Pakistani
tribal region where militancy is rife and where the US has increased
its drone-fired missile strikes in recent weeks.
Security officials say terrorists may be plotting attacks in Europe with
assault weapons on public places, similar to the deadly 2008 shooting
spree in Mumbai, India. European officials have provided no details
about specific targets.
On Monday, French police arrested a
53-year-old man suspected of links to a bomb threats including one
Friday at a Paris railway hub, an official with knowledge of the
investigation said on condition of anonymity. The suspect, who was not
identified, was detained southwest of the capital for possible links to a
phone-in threat at the Saint-Lazare train station.
authorities recorded nine bomb alerts in the capital in September,
including two at the Eiffel Tower — a threefold increase from a year
earlier. No explosives were found.
travelers and tourists arriving Monday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle
airport from the United States said they were aware of the new warnings
but weren't changing their plans.