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Updated: November 24, 2010 16:16 IST

Terror threat is 'real' , says Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel. File photo: AP.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. File photo: AP.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the terrorist threat facing the country is real, but is also calling on people to remain calm.

Ms. Merkel spoke on Wednesday to lawmakers at the Reichstag parliament building, which was closed down to visitors earlier this week over concerns of a possible terrorist attack.

She told lawmakers that while there is reason to worry, “there’s no reason for hysteria.”

Germans have been on edge since Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere raised the county’s terrorist threat level last week.

Mr. De Maiziere said Germany believes there is an increased threat from Islamic extremists and that intelligence agencies had information about a suspected attack planned for the end of November.

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