Europe on alert: fall 2010 terror plots

Germany, previously skeptical, ramps up security in November

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Police officers stand guard at the Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, on Nov. 18. Germany sent hundreds of police officers into railway stations, airports and other public places, after the nation's top security official warned of an increased threat from Islamic extremists.

In mid-November, Germany announced that it was increasing its security because of "concrete indications of a series of attacks planned for the end of November," the Monitor reported. Germany was tipped off to the plot by a foreign partner, possibly the US, according to a German paper.

Up to four Al Qaeda operatives were planning an attack on Christmas shopping markets for late November, according to the foreign partner who informed the Germans about the threat.

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