Germany raises security level over terror threat

Risk of terror attack is comparable to level of risk before last year's election, says German interior minister.

November 17, 2010 14:31
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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere

311_German interior minister. (photo credit: Associated Press)

BERLIN — Germany's interior minister announced Wednesday that he is ordering increased security in the country in light of a heightened threat from terrorism.

Thomas de Maiziere, Germany's top security official, said a series of recent events suggest authorities are dealing "with a new situation." He cited, among other things, a tip from another unspecified country about a suspected attack planned for the end of November — though he didn't say where it was supposed to take place.

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That tip arrived after the interception of two mail bombs mailed from Yemen to the United States — one of which transited through a German airport before it was found in Britain.

The Yemen plot points to "the adaptability and the persistence of terrorists in pursuing their aims," and also underlines "the reliability of some leads," de Maiziere said in a statement to reporters, without elaborating.

He said Germany has information of its own pointed to "sustained efforts" by Islamic extremist groups to plan attacks in Germany.

De Maiziere said the current risk assessment was comparable to the one before last year's German election — when the country also raised security.

He said he is calling on police to beef up security particularly at airports "until further notice."

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