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Munich central station returning to normal after threat

Friday, January 01, 2016 - 01:33

Travelers return to Munich central station under watchful eye of police after officials received tip that militants from Iraq and Syria were planning New Year attacks. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Things are returning to normal inside Munich's central train station just hours after German police closed it down due to an attack threat. Police received a tip hours before midnight that Islamic State militants from Iraq and Syria were planning suicide attacks. The central station and the Pasing station were both closed for several hours. Munich Police President Hubertus Andrae says they believe five to seven suicide bombers were planning to take part in the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (German) MUNICH POLICE PRESIDENT, HUBERTUS ANDRAE, SAYING: "At the moment we are in a situation in which we received names. We can't say if they are in Munich or in fact in Germany." The alert came as Europe entered the New Year under a state of heightened alert, seven weeks after 130 people were killed in a Paris attack claimed by Islamic State. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann says security will remain vigilant. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAVARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, JOACHIM HERRMANN, SAYING: "We are well prepared but everybody also knows that no one can give a 100 percent guarantee that such attacks won't be carried out. I think that most people in our country are aware of this, without becoming scared and alarmed." The Munich alarm follows days of security warnings across Europe... warnings German security forces think will persist into 2016.

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Munich central station returning to normal after threat

Friday, January 01, 2016 - 01:33