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Den tyske innenriksminister, Thomas de Maizière, sa onsdag at myndighetene har kjennskap til konkrete terrorplaner i Tyskland. Beredskapen er høynet. Det er væpnet politi ved alle større jernbanestasjoner og flyplasser.

Bisher war er seiner Strategie der Zurückhalthaltung stets treu geblieben, doch am Mittwoch sagte er erstmals öffentlich, dass konkrete Hinweise für einen Anschlag in diesem Monat vorliegen. Das bedeutet: Die Sicherheitslage ist wirklich ernst.

Um dies den Bürgern zu verdeutlichen, ließ er die Polizeipräsenz zur „Vorbeugung und Abschreckung“ sichtbar verstärken: Kaum hatte de Maizière seine Terrorwarnung verkündet, da patrouillierten schon die ersten Beamten mit Maschinenpistolen und Schutzwesten vor seinem Amtssitz. Vor dem Berliner Hauptbahnhof, einem der größten und modernsten Bahnhöfe Europas, sagte ein Bundespolizist: „Die Bürger sind beunruhigt.“

Die Welt

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference a series of incidents had led to the decision to increase security.

He said the tip came from the country’s foreign partners, but investigations have also found information about continued efforts by extremist groups to attack Germany, including evidence that an apparent terror plot has been planned for the end of November.

At the end of last month, a mail bomb passed through Germany that was sent from Yemen and addressed to the United States. The bomb was intercepted in Britain. Earlier in October, intelligence agencies warned of a terror plot to launch attacks in Britain, France and Germany.

De Maiziere said there will now be an increased police presence at railway stations and airports, but said Germans should remain calm. He said there is reason for worry, but not for hysteria.

The security research group Maplecroft recently published its global Terrorism Risk Index, which rated Germany at «low risk» of a terror attack.

Maplecroft security analyst Anthony Skinner said that is because Germany has rarely been hit by terror attacks in the past year. But he said the threat level appears to be rising.

Germany Heightens Security Over Terror Threat