(AFP) – Sep 23, 2009
WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday warned its citizens to be alert when traveling to Germany, after Al-Qaeda threatened attacks timed to coincide with upcoming elections.
"Al-Qaeda recently released a video specifically warning Germany of attacks," a State Department advisory said, "German authorities are taking the threat seriously and have taken measures to enhance the level of security throughout the country."
Earlier this month a video purporting to be from Al-Qaeda emerged, threatening attacks against Europe's most populous country if voters do not elect an new government in September 27 polls.
Footage showed a man identified as Abu Talha the German, warning, in German, that if Angela Merkel is re-elected as chancellor, "bitter times await the Germans," according to two intelligence monitoring services.
"The Department of State urges US citizens to... maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile," the State Department said.
"Americans are advised to monitor news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places or choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues."
The warnings follows a similar notice posted by the US embassy in Berlin last week.
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