German police: Euro 2016 could become target of terrorist attacks

German police: Euro 2016 could become target of terrorist attacks
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Published May 19th, 2016 - 14:21 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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UEFA plans to recruit at least 10,000 private security officers for the tournament
UEFA plans to recruit at least 10,000 private security officers for the tournament

The European football championship that is being hosted by France this summer could be the target of terrorist attacks, Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office said in a report leaked to mass circulation newspaper Bild on Thursday.

The opening football match between France and Romania on June 10 and the UEFA championship final at the Stade de France just north of Paris could be targeted by Islamist terrorists, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) report said.

"Symbolic and 'soft' targets with significant media attention and, correspondingly, a large number of victims" are most at risk, the report said, adding that members of football teams from so-called "crusader nations" could also be targeted.

"Not least because of French colonial history in North Africa, military involvement in Mali and support for the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, France is continually in the focus of Islamist offenders," the BKA report said.

French security measures have been heightened in the months since the November attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, and French and football officials alike have sought to quell concerns that the championship could be marred by violence.

UEFA plans to recruit at least 10,000 private security officers for the tournament and each of the 10 stadiums will have some 900 security agents on hand for each match.

© 2016 dpa GmbH

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