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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/world ... ss&emc=rss
French Report New Threat Of Terrorist Attack in Europe
By SCOTT SAYARE and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: October 17, 2010
PARIS -- Saudi intelligence officials have informed France that Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen may be planning an attack in France or Europe, the French interior minister said Sunday.
The minister, Brice Hortefeux, said in an interview broadcast on French radio and television that France had received the information “just a few days ago.” He described it as “a new message from the Saudi services telling us that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was without doubt active, or planned to be active” in Europe, “and notably, France.”
“The threat is real and our vigilance is total,” he said, noting that he met last week in Paris with the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
An official in Washington confirmed on Sunday that Saudi intelligence officials had in the past few days sent information to Paris warning of possible attacks in France by Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.
Like other recent reports of plots to attack targets in Germany, France and Britain, many of which emanated from Pakistan and North Africa, the Saudi alert warned of threats that were credible but not specific. It was not clear if the Saudi warning suggested an imminent attack.
The new warning came at roughly the same time that a former Saudi detainee at Guant?namo Bay who went through Saudi Arabia’s militant rehabilitation program and then joined Al Qaeda in Yemen turned himself in, the government said. The former detainee, Jabir Jubran al Fayfi, contacted Saudi authorities from Yemen to express his regret and readiness to surrender, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in statement on Friday, The Associated Press reported.
Yemeni authorities arranged for his return. Mr. Fayfi rose to become one of the group’s top dozen leaders, the official in Washington said. The official said it was unclear if the information provided to France came from Mr. Fayfi, communications intercepts and other intelligence sources, or some combination.
Scott Sayare reported from Paris, and Eric Schmitt from Washington. Souad Mekhennet contributed reporting from Frankfurt, and Elisabeth Bumiller from Washington.
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