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Militants were said to be planning attack in Germany - police

Friday, January 01, 2016 - 00:54

German police say ''a concrete tip'' alerted them that suicide attacks were planned at train stations in Munich by militants from Iraq and Syria. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Germany received a tip hours before midnight of New Years Eve (December 31) that militants from Iraq and Syria were planning attacks in Munich but police have been unable to find the suspects and are not even sure if they are in the country, the Munich police chief said on Friday (January 1). "We received a concrete tip which came via the federal authorities to us in Munich that there was a plan for an attack," Hubertus Andrae told media, "for a suicide attack which was to hit the Munich main train station or the station in Pasing in Munich. A relatively concrete time was also given, namely midnight." Police closed the stations about an hour before midnight, and reopened them hours later. "We received names. We can't say if they are in Munich or in fact in Germany," Andrae said. At the moment I would assess the current level of threat for Munich as the same level as it was before we received the concrete threat of an attack because of the current situation of international terrorism," he added. Bavaria Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann has said the tip, which media reports said came from French intelligence, indicated that the Islamic State militant group was behind the planned attacks. The shutting down of the stations added to jitters in many capitals as Europe ushered in the New Year with heightened security after a year of militant attacks, the biggest of which killed 130 in Paris in November. The stations that were shut were Munich's central station and Pasing station, some 8 km (5 miles) away. On their Twitter feed, Munich police said: "Good morning to those, who spent the night out in #munich! Thanks for staying calm and for your understanding concerning our measures." Police said they had received information that five to seven suicide bombers were planning to take part in the attack. The Munich alarm followed days of security warnings in Europe. On Dec. 26, police in the Austrian capital Vienna said a "friendly" intelligence service had warned European capitals of the possibility of a shooting or bomb attack before New Year. That tip, too, had included the names of several suspects.

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Militants were said to be planning attack in Germany - police

Friday, January 01, 2016 - 00:54