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French Minister: Saudi Arabia Warns of Terror Threat in Europe


France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux, second right, meets security forces at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday Sept. 16, 2010.

France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux, second right, meets security forces at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday Sept. 16, 2010.

French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux says Saudi Arabia has warned of an al-Qaida terrorism threat in Europe and against France in particular.

Hortefeux told French radio and television Sunday that European intelligence agencies received the warning in the past few days.

He said the threat is real and that the government is on alert.

Earlier this month, the United States, Britain, and Japan warned their citizens of possible terrorist attacks in Europe after Western intelligence officials uncovered a plot by al-Qaida-linked militants based in Pakistan for terror attacks in major British, French and German cities.

The officials said the attacks could be similar to the 2008 terrorist strike on Mumbai, India, where near-simultaneous attacks by Islamic militants killed 166 people and wounded many more.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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