Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Germany bans flights over Oktoberfest following terror threats

Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival
Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A man wearing a wig poses with an empty beer mug on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

German authorities have banned flights over the annual Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich after a series of terror threats aimed at Germany.

The Interior Ministry in the state of Bavaria said today that the ban was ordered by the state's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, and will run until the end of Oktoberfest on October 4.

Terror groups have directed threatening videos and audio messages at Germany in the past two weeks as citizens prepare to vote on Sunday in national elections.

Two were released on Friday, one by Osama bin Laden with German subtitles and another with the Taliban threatening attacks on Germany in revenge for its military presence in Afghanistan.

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