February 28, 2015 / 10:14 AM / 2 years ago

Police in Germany's Bremen heighten security citing possible Islamist threat

German police patrol the Hauptbahnhof, Berlin's main train station, January 17, 2015.Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police in the north German city of Bremen warned on Saturday of a heightened danger from Islamist militants and said they had increased their presence in the city center and stepped up protection of the Jewish community.

They said in a statement they had searched an Islamic culture center, detained several people for identity checks and arrested one person in connection with the measures. A spokesman for the police declined to give further details.

"Since yesterday evening the authorities in Bremen have indications, based on knowledge from the police, the domestic intelligence agency and a federal authority, of an increased threat from Islamist extremists," the police statement said.

Earlier this month a carnival parade in the northern German town of Braunschweig was canceled at short notice due to a threat of an Islamist attack.

Reporting by Scot W. Stevenson and Ralf Bode; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Ralph Boulton

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