BERLIN: The bloodshed in France could signal the start of a wave of attacks in Europe, according to communications by Islamic State leaders intercepted by US intelligence, German newspaper Bild reported on Sunday.
Shortly after the attacks in Paris, the US National Security Agency had intercepted communications in which leaders of the jihadist group announced the next wave of attacks, the tabloid said, citing unnamed sources in the US intelligence services.
Paris was cited as being the signal for a series of attacks on other European cities, including Rome, the newspaper said, adding however that a concrete plan of attack was not known.
The US services also had information that Cherif and Said Kouachi, the brothers who carried out the massacre at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, had contacts in the Netherlands, Bild said.
Seventeen people were killed in the attacks on the magazine, a kosher supermarket in Paris and police. The three gunmen — the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly — were killed by French police.
A German newspaper in the northern port city of Hamburg that reprinted Mohammed cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack early Sunday, police said.
No one was hurt.
“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told Agence France-Presse. “Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly,” police said.
The regional daily, the Hamburger Morgenpost, had splashed three Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”
Police said the attack occurred at about 1:20 a.m. Manila time and that two people had been detained, while state security had opened an investigation.
Whether there was a connection between the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and the attack was the “key question,” the police spokesman said, adding that it was “too soon” to know for certain.
Police declined to provide further information about the suspects.