Al-Qaeda plotting attacks on Germany--report
BERLIN -- German authorities have learnt that Al-Qaeda is preparing to carry out attacks in Germany, a senior official said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper on Friday.
The secretary of state in the interior ministry, August Hanning, said Al-Qaeda leaders based in the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan have "decided to carry out attacks in Germany."
"We are worried that we will not be able to foil every plot," he added.
Die Welt said the federal intelligence agency and police have established that Germany's military mission in Afghanistan prompted Al-Qaeda to move the country "much higher" on its list of targets.
In September 2007, two German converts to Islam and a Turkish man were arrested in the western Sauerland region on suspicion of planning to blow up US installations in Germany, including the southwestern US military airbase at Ramstein.
The men had stockpiled some 700 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of chemicals to use in "massive" attacks to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, the security services said.
The plotters are believed to belong to the Islamic Jihad Union, a group with links to Al-Qaeda.
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