Al-Qaida posts new threat ahead of German election

Germany’s Interior Ministry said tonight al-Qaida has posted a new video threatening the country, highlighting an increased threat level ahead of national elections and prompting authorities to step up security.

The ministry gave no details of the al-Qaida posting, but said in a brief statement it underlined the fact the September 27 elections offer “a particular background for propaganda and operational actions by terrorist groups”.

It said authorities believe there was an “increased threat situation” to which they are responding with “adjusted security measures in particular at airports and stations”.

Germany’s federal prosecutors and Federal Criminal Police Office said the video was still being evaluated. Frank Wallenta, a spokesman for prosecutors, said it was very likely the speaker was in fact Harrach.

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