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April 14, 2021

German parliament curbs visitors amid security alert

Germany’s parliament building has closed its popular cupola to visitors amid heightened security, according to BBC News. The Reichstag’s panoramic viewing area, which attracts up to 10,000 people a day, will be shut until further notice. Other security measures around the building, visited annually by about one million, have also been increased. Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine has reported the discovery of plans by al-Qaeda linked militants to break into the Reichstag and take hostages. The report says an informer, who lives abroad, contacted German authorities to warn that a six-strong militant cell was planning an attack in February or March. German security officials have played down the reports in Der Spiegel. Joerg Ziercke, head of the Federal Crime Office, said: “We have concrete details of suspects, but no concrete details that an attack will be carried out at a specific time and place.”

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