Germany to announce tough new security measures

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Germany to announce tough new security measures
  • Germany continues to face a significant threat of attacks – Thomas de Maiziere
  • Raids in Duisburg and Dortmund
  • New security measures to be announced on Thursday

Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says the country continues to face a significant threat of attacks.

“We are living in difficult times. The terror threat is high and both the federal and state police are under strain,” Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Bremen, where he was visiting a police headquarters.

High alert

Germany is on high alert after a spate of attacks since July.

15 people, including four attackers, have been killed.

Dozens have been injured.

Police raids

Police carried out raids against suspected Islamist extremists in several towns in the west German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday.

There have been raids in:

  • Duisburg
  • Dortmund

A spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor says
searches were carried out at the homes of three people suspected of trying to recruit young men to fight for ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

There were no arrests.

What about last week’s arrest?

A 24-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested in North-Rhine Westphalia last week.

Police say they received a tip-off that an attack was being planned in the state.

New security measures

De Maiziere is expected to propose a raft of new security measures on Thursday (August 11).

They are said to include speedier deportations and waiving doctor-patient confidentiality in some cases, according to German media.