Police shut Munich train stations over DAESH attack threat

German police shut two Munich train stations over ‘imminent threat’ of DAESH suicide attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

German police secure area near the main train station in Munich January 1, 2016. German police evacuated two train stations in Munich late on Thursday, saying on Twitter they had received a tip regarding a planned militant attack on New Year's Eve

Updated Jan 1, 2016

German police evacuated two train stations in Munich late on New Year’s Eve and urged people to stay away from crowds saying they have intelligence about a threat of a terror attack.

Bavaria Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann later told a news conference early on Friday that they had “very concrete information” about a “serious, imminent threat” by DAESH suicide bombers.

Hermann added that they received the information from the intelligence of a friendly country that five to seven suicide were to carry out the attack.

“The Federal Criminal Police Office informed the Bavarian police on New Year's Eve of the existence of a tip-off from a friendly intelligence agency that Islamic State [DAESH] plans a concrete attack, attacks tonight, at midnight at the Munich central station or/and Pasing (station),” Herrmann said.

“After evaluating the situation, we started evacuating the train stations and also asked partygoers to stay away from big crowds outside,” police spokesman Werner Kraus said.

No arrest has been made in relation to threat.

As the warning came shortly before the New Year, many people ignored the police call and got on streets in crowds to welcome the new year.

Many cities in Europe has been on edge since terror attacks by DAESH has killed 130 people in France in November.

Arrests has been made in Brussels and Ankara in past week as the authorities said they foiled attacks plots of DAESH terrorists which they were planning to carry out on New Year's Eve.


TRTWorld and agencies