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French,German police warns Euro 2016 on terrorists crosshair

French and German police officials warned that Islamic State militants are gearing up for a campaign of bomb attacks on large crowds in France, host to next month’s Euro 2016 football championships.

the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency  Patrick Calvarc clearly wanred that  “a new form of attack … characterised by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic.

The comments came six months after militants killed 130 people in coordinated assaults on cafes, bars, a football stadium and a music hall across Paris.

Euro 2016 starts on June 10 and runs for a month at 10 stadiums across France. About 2.5 million spectators are expected for 51 football matches involving 24 teams. There will also be “fan zones” for crowds watching games on big screens in major cities.

France’s police force is stretched after two militant attacks last year and regular street protests.

Germany’s Criminal Police Office (BKA) has also issued a clear warning of possible Islamist attacks at the Euro 2016 football tournament. A million football fans are due to descend on France for the quadrennial event.