Al Qaeda targets German Christmas shoppers


Thomas De Maiziere, the interior minister, said that a foreign tip-off had indicated an al-Qaeda cell was planning an attack on Germany. He said the country was being actively targeted by extremist groups as a result of its involvement in Afghanistan.

Der Tagesspiegel, a German newspaper, said that American intelligence agencies had provided reports that up to four suicide bombers intent on carrying out an attack were about to arrive in the country. Berlin refused to confirm that American spies had provided the information that prompted the nationwide alert.

The newspaper said the attackers would arrive from India or the Gulf to target German shoppers at Christmas markets.

The intelligence emerged from investigations triggered by a Yemen-based plot to blow up airborne cargo shipments that were intercepted last month. "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," Mr Maiziere said.

Mr Maiziere warned Germans there would be a visible police presence as they went about their Christmas shopping. "Citizens will be able to see such police measures. In addition to this, there are a lot of measures that they won't be able to see," he said. "There is reason for concern, but no reason for hysteria."

If these guys are coming through Dubai they will get the full pat down. That suggest the weapons or explosives they plan on using will be acquired after they get in country. The perps may be Germans who have gone to Pakistan for training. There were several spotted there in recent months. It appears that al Qaeda still thinks that mass murder for Allah attacks are of some value to them.
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