UPDATE: German official: ‘Concrete’ threat is over, but precautions remain

Posted at 7:25 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-01 10:00:31-05

BERLIN (AP) — The top security official in Germany’s Bavaria region says there are no longer any “concrete indications” of a terror threat at any specific location.

Shortly before the city rang in the new year, police in Munich evacuated the city’s main train station and another station, and partygoers were urged to avoid crowds.

But the Bavarian security official says the warning about Islamic State extremists intending to blow themselves up in Munich is no longer acute. He warns, though, that the overall terror threat in Europe remains high.

The official says a friendly foreign intelligence service had warned Germany of an imminent attack at midnight by between five and seven Islamic State militants from Syria and Iraq planning to blow themselves up at locations in Munich, including the two stations.

He’s calling on Munich residents to be cautious, but at the same time not to let terror threats interfere with their normal lives.

More than 500 police and special unit officers from all over the southern Bavaria region were called to Munich last night to help evacuate and secure the stations. Today, some 100 extra officers are still present in the city.