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Al-Qaeda Plans German Parliament Attack in Berlin, Spiegel Says

Al-Qaeda and linked extremist groups planned to attack Germany’s lower house of parliament in Berlin next year, taking hostages and killing people, Spiegel magazine said, citing calls to investigators by an informant.

The individual contacted Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation from outside the country several times in the past few days, Spiegel said, without citing anyone.

Two extremists involved in the planned attack on the city’s Reichstag building traveled to Berlin six to eight weeks ago and another four -- a German, a Turk, a north African and a man of unknown origin -- were set to leave for the country, it said.

The attack was planned for February or March, it said.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Germany two weeks ago that an attack was being prepared, Spiegel said. The reports prompted Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere to step up security this week, according to the news magazine.

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