Munich police warn of terror threat

Munich police warn of imminent terror threat

  • 31 December 2015
  • From the section Europe
Armed German police on duty at the main railway station in central MunichImage copyright EPA
Image caption Armed police have cordoned off the main station

Police in the German city of Munich have warned of a planned terror attack and have asked people to avoid crowds.

The police tweeted that the city’s main station and Pasing station had been evacuated and said trains were no longer stopping there.

In a Facebook post, authorities said they had “serious information” that the attack had been planned for New Year’s Eve. They gave no further details.

Cities across Europe are already on a heightened state of alert.

“Current indications show that a terror attack is being planned in Munich. Please avoid gatherings of people and the Munich and Pasing train stations,” police said in the tweet.

Munich newspaper TZ reported that police believed several groups of attackers could strike at different locations in the city.

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Police said they had two pieces of information about a possible attack, German media reported.

“We have concrete information that we cannot sweep under the carpet,” Bild newspaper quoted a police spokesperson as saying.

Local media reports say the information had come from French authorities.

Armed police have cordoned off the main station and asked people nearby to leave the area, TZ reported.

The newspaper quoted a spokesperson as saying the situation was “comparable to that in Hannover” in November, when a football match between Germany and the Netherlands was called off after what Hannover police called a “concrete security threat”.

“We want to minimise the risk as much as possible,” the spokesperson told the newspaper.

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