Official: New al Qaeda threat targets Europe, ‘notably France’
“Saudi Arabian intelligence services are warning of a new terrorist threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula targeting Europe, especially France, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a radio interview Sunday.
‘Several days ago the Saudi services alerted their European counterparts that there was a terrorist threat on the continent, notably in France, coming from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,’ Hortefeux told RTL Radio. The message indicated the branch of al Qaeda was active or about to become active in Europe.
‘The threat is real and our vigilance is intact,’ he said. France’s terror alert level is at Reinforced Red, the second-highest level below Scarlette Red. ‘Vigilance is total,’ Hortefeux said.”