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Amerikanske og europeiske tjenestemenn sier de har oppdaget planer om koordinerte kommando-lignende terrorangrep mot sivile mål i Storbritannia, Frankrike, Tyskland og muligens USA.

Planene som er kjent er troverdige, men ikke spesifikke, heter det. Mao. er de avslørt før de er modnet.

Det er snakk om Mumbai-lignende operasjoner: sjokkangrep mot mål hvor det skulle tas sivile gisler. Angrepet i Mumbai var uhyre brutalt.

US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States.

A senior US official said that while there is a «credible» threat, no specific time or place is known. President Obama has been briefed about the threat, say senior US officials.

Intelligence and law enforcement authorities in the US and Europe said the threat information is based on the interrogation of a suspected German terrorist allegedly captured on his way to Europe in late summer and now being held at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

US law enforcement officials say they have been told the terrorists were planning a series of «Mumbai-style» commando raids on what were termed «economic or soft» targets in the countries. Pakistani militants killed 173 people with guns and grenades during the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.

In testimony before Congress last week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, «We are all seeing increased activity by a more diverse set of groups and a more diverse set of threats.»

Officials in France have put the country on high alert for a terror attack and authorities in Paris shut down the Eiffel Tower for the second time in two weeks today after what was termed a «false alarm.»

‘Credible But Not Specific’ Threat of New Terrorist Attack
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