Germany on high alert after tip off of attack from Iraq, Syria militants

Published January 1st, 2016 - 12:16 GMT

The alert level in the southern German city of Munich remains high on Friday, police told press, after a night during which two train stations had to be shuttered amid New Year's festivities because of worries about an attack.

"At the moment, we still have around 1,000 security additional officers on duty," Hubertus Andrae, the Munich police chief, said at a press conference.

Police have been deployed to the city centre and two city train stations, including the central one, which were shut down in the final hours of 2015 after police, acting on a foreign intelligence tip, issued a terrorism warning.

Details about the exact nature of the threat and the people involved remain unclear.

Andrae defended the authorities' decision to introduce a high security level in the city - despite the fact that no arrests have yet been made - due to the short notice of the tip-off.

Officials in the southern state of Bavaria said they received the first alert of a possible threat at about 7:40 pm (1840 GMT). State Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the warning included information about a concrete time and place for an attack.

An intelligence source also identified the planners as between five and seven individuals from Syria and Iraq with links to the group Islamic State [Daesh].

However, investigators were unable to offer further details on the potential suspects and Andrae told reporters "maybe the people do not even exist."

He also stressed that the names given may not relate to the initial warning over the planned attack.

German security authorities believe that several people entered Germany during November and October travelling on Syrian passports with serial numbers similar to those in documents in the possession of the group Islamic State.

By Christoph Trost

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