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German police step up airport security over terrorism fears

Police stepped up security at airports in southwestern Germany, amid concerns that extremists may have tried to scope out operations at Stuttgart airport.

German news agency dpa and public broadcaster SWR report that security officials are investigating four people, including at least one with possible ties to the Islamist scene.

In a tweet, federal police say flights shouldn’t be affected by the “robust” police presence at Stuttgart airport. Additional officers were also deployed to other, smaller airports in Baden-Wuerttemberg state — Friedrichshafen, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Mannheim — as a precaution.

SWR reports that two of the suspects, a father and son, were spotted taking pictures at France’s Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris last week.

— AP

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