Al-Qaeda plots attacks on Europe’s trains, reports newspaper

Terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda is believed to be plotting attacks on high-speed rail networks across Europe, says a report in the German newspaper Bild.

The newspaper report said the information came from the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, which had tapped into a conference call involving top Al-Qaeda operatives, in which the terrorist group revealed their plans to plant explosives on railways, trains and tunnels, and sabotage tracks and electrical cabling.

The conversations were said to be between Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and more than 20 operatives from across the group’s global network.

German authorities strengthened their security force more than two weeks ago through many discreet and supplementary measures such as undercover agents patrolling high-speed tracks and train-stations.