Islamic State suicide bomb attack was planned for New Year’s Eve in Munich

Islamic State suicide bomb attack was planned for New Year’s Eve in Munich

Police in Germany say they have information indicating as many as seven followers of the Islamic State (IS) group were planning a New Year’s Eve suicide bomb attack on train stations in Munich. Joachim Herrman, the Interior Minister for the southern state of Bavaria, said police had indications IS was planning to attack two railway stations.

“The Federal Criminal Authority informed Bavarian police … of indications provided by a friendly intelligence service that the IS was planning an attack tonight at midnight (10:00am AEDT) at Munich’s main rail station and/or Pasing station,” he said. Some 550 officers were deployed to track down the suspects and secure the sites. No arrests have been made.

Although the train stations have been evacuated, a police spokeswoman told AFP it could not be ruled out that the attackers could seek another target. Earlier, Munich police sent a tweet warning they were aware of a possible terror attack and asked people to avoid crowds and train stations.

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