The terror alert was handed to Austrian police from a “friendly” intelligence service, as evidence grows that jihadi sleeper cells are planning to hit Western targets.
UK Express It has prompted police across the continent to increase security measures in a bid to prevent a Paris-style copycat attack on an unknown location in Europe. The warning made specific mention of the threat to shoppers and revellers in “crowded spaces” and warned that the strike could take place between Christmas and New Year.
A statement released by police in Austria said: “In the days before Christmas a warning was sent out by a friendly (intelligence) service to numerous European capitals, saying that it could come to an attack involving explosives or a shooting between Christmas and the New Year in crowded spaces.”
It added: “Several possible names of potential attackers were mentioned, which were checked, and the investigation based on (these checks) has so far yielded no concrete results.” A spokesman for the Interior Ministry of neighbouring Germany said: “Germany is still in the crosshairs of Jihadist terrorism.”