German carnival parade cancelled due to Islamist attack threat: police

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 15, 2015 7:20 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - A carnival parade in the northern German town of Braunschweig planned for Sunday lunchtime has been cancelled at short notice due to a concrete threat of an Islamist attack, police said.

"Reliable state security sources have made it known that a concrete threat of attack with an Islamist background exists," authorities in Braunschweig said in a statement.

The police called on all visitors to refrain from visiting the planned route of the carnival parade and avoid travelling to Braunschweig.

Two civilians died and five policeman were wounded in attacks in Denmark on Saturday at an event promoting freedom of speech and on a synagogue.

(Reporting by Kerstin Doerr; Writing by Caroline Copley; Editing by Mark Heinrich)