‘Al Qaeda, Dawood planning 26/11-like attack on Germany’
A group of al Qaeda terrorists trained in Pakistani camps and assisted by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim are planning to storm Germany’s Parliament in a Mumbai-style attack, a media report has said, prompting authorities to step up security of the building.world Updated: Nov 22, 2010 02:18 IST
A group of al Qaeda terrorists trained in Pakistani camps and assisted by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim are planning to storm Germany’s Parliament in a Mumbai-style attack, a media report has said, prompting authorities in Berlin to step up security of the building.
Police have cordoned off the area around the historic Reichstag building housing Parliament here and heightened security after authorities received a tip-off that a group of militants were on their way to stage a Mumbai-style attack.
Hundreds of extra police have been pressed into service to protect other possible targets as well such as airports, railway stations and places of mass gatherings across the country.
The heightened security for the Reichstag comes after the news magazine Der Spiegel reported that a group of six al-Qaeda terrorists, who have visited training camps in the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan, are planning to storm the building housing Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, early next year.
Two of them have already arrived in Berlin six to eight weeks ago and their accomplices, a German, a Turk, a north African and an
unidentified man are waiting to enter the country. Their attacks are planned for February or March next year, the magazine said.
The warning about the planned attack on the Reichstag came to the Federal Criminal Office (BKA) from a German Islamic militant, who slipped to Pakistan some time ago to receive training in the terrorist camps there and now wants to return to his family.
First Published: Nov 22, 2010 00:47 IST