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Munich police detain 2 with extremist connections

MUNICH (AP) - Munich police say two men are in preventative custody for suspected links to Islamic extremists and officials are increasing security at the ongoing Oktoberfest beer festival.

Munich police chief Wilhelm Schmidbauer said Monday that "two men from Arabic countries" were taken into custody on Saturday. Both were living in Munich.

Also Saturday, German authorities banned flights over the festival after a series of Islamic terror threats targeted Germany.

Schmidbauer said one of the detained had contact with Bekkay Harrach, identified as the speaker in several recent video threats. The second knew Harrach through a relative.

Two judges approved a police request to hold the men until Oktoberfest ends on Sunday.


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