European railway faces Al Qaeda threat

Published August 19th, 2013 - 06:26 GMT
(Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark)
(Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark)

German newspaper Bild reported on Monay that Al Qaeda plans to carry out terrorist assaults on the high-speed railway in Europe. Bild cited intelligence sources in the story.

According to Bild, potential attacks could involve bombs on trains and in tunnels, as well as tampering with electric cables and train tracks.

Bild’s intelligence sources were from the U.S. National Security Agency (N.S.A.), which reportedly infiltrated an Al Qaeda conference call in which the European railway was discussed.

German security forces have stationed discrete police officers at various train stations in response to the information, reported Bild.

The train scare comes after American intelligence services intercepted communication between Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and more than 20 other Al Qaeda members, causing the U.S. and other Western nations to temporarily shutter their embassies in the region. 


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