published: 19.08.2013, 12:15 | updated: 19.08.2013 12:17:54
Prague - The Czech Rail (CD) national company today toughened security measures over a threat of terrorist attacks on railway transport in Europe, Jakub Ptacinsky, spokesman for the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SZDC), has told CTK.
Ptacinsky did not elaborate on the measures, arguing that if they were made public, they would not be efficient.
He said the SZDC had received the warning of possible attacks from the security forces a few days ago.
The BIS counter-intelligence said there was no immediate danger to the Czech Republic.
"We have taken security measures and others will follow depending on the development of the situation, on how the risks will be specified," Ptacinsky said, adding that the measures would be of a preventative character and would not affect the passengers.
The German daily Bild has written there was a threat of sabotage against rails and electrical wiring as well as of explosives on high-speed tracks, in tunnels or right on trains.
The warning is allegedly based on a discussion between high-placed members of Al-Qaeda that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped several weeks ago.
The German Interior Ministry, however, said the security situation in the country had not worsened and that no security measures as reported by Bild had been taken.
BIS spokesman Jan Subert said the BIS had not received any information from foreign partners about that a possible danger targeting precisely the Czech Republic.
Any risk to the Czech Republic would only ensue from the country´s membership of the Euro-Atlantic civilisation, its being part of a broad international anti-terrorism coalition, a NATO member and a friend of the United States, Subert said.
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