Al-Qaeda targeting European railways: report

German newspaper says the plan came to light during al-Qaeda call intercepted by US National Security Agency.

    Authorities in Germany have deployed plain-clothes police officers at key stations, report says [AFP]
    Authorities in Germany have deployed plain-clothes police officers at key stations, report says [AFP]

    Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German newspaper Bild reported on Monday, citing intelligence sources.

    The group could plant explosives on trains and tunnels or sabotage tracks and electrical cabling, said Bild, Europe's most widely-read daily.

    The newspaper said the information came from the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States, which had listened in to a call involving top al-Qaeda operatives.

    The attacks on Europe's rail network was a "central topic" of this call, Bild said.

    Authorities in Germany have responded to the threat with discrete measures such as deploying plain-clothes police officers at key stations and on main routes, according to the daily.

    According to US media reports, intelligence services intercepted communications earlier this month between al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and more than 20 operatives from across the group's global network.

    This prompted the US and several allies to shut embassies across the Muslim world, fearful of a major attack.

    On August 1, the US issued a worldwide alert, warning of al-Qaeda plans to  launch an attack in the Middle East or North Africa.

    SOURCE: AFP


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