US says bin Laden knew of Europe plot

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, The Associated Press
Posted May 25, 2011, at 10:04 p.m.

BERLIN — The United States has told Germany that evidence pulled from Osama bin Laden’s hideout shows the terror chief was linked to a plot to attack targets in Europe last year, a senior German official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Two U.S. officials also told the AP that bin Laden had advised Europe-based militants to attack in unspecified mainland European countries just before Christmas. The officials offered no details.

Separately, bin Laden encouraged multiple attacks on Danish targets because of disparaging references to the Muslim prophet Mohammed in Danish media, the U.S. officials said.

European security officials said earlier this month that they’d seen very little of the information from the May 2 raid on bin Laden’s hideout, but the Americans have begun sharing more information with intelligence agencies in Europe.

The German official said U.S. officials had told their German counterparts that information retrieved from the Pakistan

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