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Travel advisories issued for Germany, Europe

The Local · 3 Oct 2010, 16:46

Published: 03 Oct 2010 16:46 GMT+02:00

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Britain's foreign ministry revised its travel information for Germany and France, saying the threat of terrorism was "high" in both countries.

"We can confirm that the travel advice for France and Germany has been updated," a foreign office spokeswoman told AFP.

Earlier Sunday, the US State Department released an official alert for Americans travelling to Europe, reminding US citizens to be aware of the chance that attackers could target "public transportation and other tourist infrastructure."

"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks," the alert stated. "European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions."

The State Department alert did not list any specific warnings for individual countries in Europe.

UK Home Secretary Theresa May called on British nationals to report any suspicious activities to authorities.

Citing intelligence officials and people familiar with the matter, National Public Radio in the United States reported Friday that al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden sent a directive to the terrorist network's partners months ago, ordering a Mumbai-style attack on at least three European countries – Germany, Britain and France.

More than 160 people were killed in the 2008 shooting and bombing attacks in India's largest city.

Some officials worried that members of the commando-style teams could be travelling to the West using European passports, thus complicating any effort to find and stop them.

Despite media reports, the German Interior Ministry announced Wednesday that it would not raise the threat level for the country.

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Der Spiegel magazine reported that the latest terror plot was uncovered during interrogations of a German-Afghan detainee being held at the Bagram US army base in Afghanistan.


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Your comments about this article

23:44 October 3, 2010 by Gaidi
and how long did they have this "detainee" with them??

sadly, i think this is all just American propaganda. encouraging fear, paranoia and racial profiling.
23:49 October 3, 2010 by marimay
Well, it is almost election time here after all.

I will go back to Germany in a couple weeks. I won't be giving this any thought.
00:00 October 4, 2010 by closeenough
I don't think there is any question of stopping them, this time or in the future. These are a determined bunch of guys and after all, jihad is part of their religion. My tip? Stay away from european railway and airport terminals.
01:07 October 4, 2010 by RdWng00
sadly, i think this is all just American propaganda. encouraging fear, paranoia and racial profiling.

Sadly, sometimes blind ignorance can inhibit proper judgment. I guess American propaganda influenced British Home Office and the Swedish intelligence agency in their respective threat assessments. It is also worth noting none of the major players in Europe are objecting to the US State Department action.
01:35 October 4, 2010 by ww77ww
Maybe this could cut demand and deflate some of the increasing airfare prices.

The major players in Europe are on the marionette strings of American "intelligence" groups.
03:45 October 4, 2010 by germinator

PS closeenough. you're an idiot.
06:30 October 4, 2010 by annan1063
Who cares???
06:55 October 4, 2010 by JohnPaul44
How could anyone possibly doubt the word of the US State Department?
09:27 October 4, 2010 by freechoice
yeah one should twitch a little when CIA trained Osama team promises some fireworks deliveries...
17:39 October 4, 2010 by raandy
I certainly hope this revelation isn't based solely on the word of the German national held in afghanistan.
18:06 October 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Apparently it is. But then we all know how much actionable intelligence you can get out of a guy by using just a little bit of torture. That's what Dick Cheney told us.
20:28 October 4, 2010 by veritas_69
I don't know about you, but I'm just about fed up with the sower of discord Muhammad and his band of terrorist followers.
02:07 October 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Me too. Let's whack all 1.4 billion of them and cull the herd.
11:44 October 5, 2010 by veritas_69
Too messy. Besides, who would clean our buildings?

I'm thinking that we should invent our own "Ark of Truth". Maybe we could show all of them at the same time that their supposed "prophet" was actually just an illiterate child molester.
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