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article imageAl-Qaeda targets European rail networks according to intelligence

By Sami Zaatari     Aug 19, 2013 in World
Intelligence obtained from the NSA's interception of Al-Qaeda chatter suggests that the group intends to target high speed European rail networks.
The intercepted chatter was part of the Al-Qaeda 'conference' call that was held between several of the group's leaders.
According to the intelligence, Al-Qaeda may plan to plant bombs on the trains, the tunnels, as well as sabotaging tracks.
As a result of the information, Germany has stepped up it's security measures at the country's rail networks. German Interior Ministry Spokesman Jens Teschke tried to downplay the security measures and supposed heightened threat to the country's rail system:
It is known that Germany, along with other Western states, is a target for jihadist terrorists so we always assess warnings on a case-by-case basis but we already have a high level of protective measures and we do not plan to step these up at the moment
The U.S. issued a warning earlier this month of an imminent Al-Qaeda threat, that resulted in the closure of U.S. embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. government attributed the measures to the NSA's interception of Al-Qaeda's conference call between the group's leaders.
Specific details of the threat remain unclear, with many of the embassies being reopened, and as of yet, no major Al-Qaeda strike occurring.
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