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Terror threat still high, intelligence chief says

The Local · 18 Feb 2011, 08:14

Published: 18 Feb 2011 08:14 GMT+01:00

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"In Germany and abroad there are people who are ready and able to carry out attacks," said Heinz Fromm, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, or Verfassungsschutz, in an interview with the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel.

He said jihadist groups have not abandoned their agenda, even though the heightened security measures put in place last year had possibly hindered their plans.

Germany had bolstered the number of police at airports and railway stations in November after receiving warnings that extremists were planning an attack. Those security measures began to be gradually relaxed at the beginning of February.

Fromm recalled the case of the so-called "Sauerland Group," which had planned car bomb attacks on American facilities. Members of the cell continued working on their plans despite knowing authorities had them under surveillance.

According to him, there are about 1,000 people on the "Islamic-terrorist spectrum" in Germany.

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14:55 February 18, 2011 by jbaker
If Terrorists are really lurking around Germany, then they can at any time kill anyone or blowup up anything they want. They do not fear for their lives, so they can get close to anyone or anything when ever they want to do their dirty deeds. This article only serves to keep Germans fearful. People in Fear can be controlled. Stop hating everyone(Including Yourself) and Love Everyone and Everything around You. This is the only way to stop these type of articles and Evil Thoughts.
18:46 February 18, 2011 by 1FCK_1FCK
What would a govt be if it didn't attempt to instill fear in every citizen?
20:57 February 18, 2011 by toemag
I'm scared out of my mind having just read this, can you believe it, knowing what they know and they are reducing their security efforts. We are doomed, doomed.

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