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Luxembourg police monitoring Al-Qaeda train attack threats
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Luxembourg police monitoring Al-Qaeda train attack threats

19.08.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg police are keeping an eye on potential train attacks by militant Islamist network Al-Qaeda, following media reports from Germany that the group is planning attacks on European high-speed rail networks.

(CS) Luxembourg police are keeping an eye on potential train attacks by militant Islamist network Al-Qaeda, following media reports from Germany that the group is planning attacks on European high-speed rail networks.

According to newspaper “Bild” the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted a call involving top Al-Qaeda officials plotting attacks on train lines in Europe.

In response, Germany has upped security at train station and on trains. According to Bild a number of scenarios are possible, such as the manipulation of tracks or electric cables, as well as bombings of the trains.

In Luxembourg, police spokesman Vic Reuter commented to wort.lu that there is “no specific threat,” adding however that the Grand Ducal police is considering the possibilities and keeping an eye on the situation.

Earlier this month, embassies across the Middle East and northern Africa closed following information released by the NSA, explaining that a major Al-Qaeda attack was imminent.

Authorities in Yemen revealed shortly afterwards that they had been able to foil a plan by the jihadist network to storm an oil terminal and take staff as hostages.