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Oktoberfest security tightened

September 29, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Two men with suspected links to Islamic extremists were taken into custody by Munich police, and security at the Oktoberfest beer festival has been increased as videotapes threatening Germany continued to surface on the Internet, officials said.

Two men from Arab countries were arrested Saturday, the same day authorities banned flights over Oktoberfest, said Munich Police Chief Wilhelm Schmidbauer.

Such bans are usually imposed only during visits by high-ranking state visits. Traffic was also restricted around the Theresienwiese, the 77-acre festival grounds where Oktoberfest is held for 16 days each year. This year's event began Sept. 19.

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