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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

German navy prepares for terror attacks

BERLIN, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The German navy patrolling the Lebanese coast is preparing to fend off suicide bombings by speedboats or other small vessels.

Additional machine guns have been mounted atop German frigates that are part of the United Interim Force in Lebanon as a preventive security measure, a German defense ministry spokesman said Monday.

"You know about the asymmetrical threat," the spokesman said Monday in his regular news conference in Berlin. "That also includes the possibility that speedboats carrying explosives race into German ships."

He added that he didn't want to speculate whether that danger was especially high now or not.

"We simply want to be prepared for everything," he said.

A German navy officer said that barrels drifting in the water or individuals in life rafts or on jet skis could pose terror threats, the online daily Netzeitung reported Monday.
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