French Minister: Saudis Warn of New Terror Threat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PARIS (AP) - Saudi intelligence services are warning of a new terror threat from al-Qaida against Europe, particularly in France.

That's according to France's interior minister, who says the warning of a potential attack by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was received "in the last few hours, few days."

It's the latest in a series of alerts that have put French security forces and others in high-vigilance mode.

In a joint TV and radio interview Sunday the minister said "The threat is real."

He says intelligence sources in North Africa have also contacted France about a potential threat as did the United States. He says he's spoken at length with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The minister cautioned that "We must not overestimate the threat or underestimate it."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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