Berlin, Sep 19: After receiving a terror threat from al-Qaeda ahead of national elections scheduled to happen on Sep 27 German authorities have beefed up security across the country.
In the video provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, the speaker identified as Harrach, who uses the pseudonym Abu Talha, warned that if Germans do not push their political parties to withdraw the country's soldiers from Afghanistan, 'there will be a rude awakening after the elections.
"In a democracy, only the people can order its soldiers home. But if the people decides for the continuation of the war, it has delivered its own verdict," the speaker said.
The interior ministry in a brief statement said that video emphasises the fact the polls offer 'a particular background for propaganda and operational actions by terrorist groups'.
And based on the increased threat situation, the authorities have "adjusted security measures in particular at airports and stations," said the interior ministry.