The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) have announced today that they have foiled an al-Qaeda plot to target the 2011 Eurovision song contest.
The plot was intended to be in retaliation for the killing of their leader, Osama bin Laden, at the weekend.
The 56th Eurovision contest is due to be held in the German city of Dusseldorf on the 14th May and this year includes contestants from 43 countries.
Acting in response to a tip-off, the BND have apprehended five suspects and recovered a large amount of high-explosives.
A BND spokesman revealed that suspicions were aroused with the appearance of a last-minute entry, arriving from Pakistan.
The group, calling themselves the 'Disciples of Osama' were to perform their catchy song, 'Western Infidels go Boom-Bang-a-Bang-Bang', wearing their trade-mark burqas.
However, vigilant staff noticed that Pakistan was not in the Eurozone and so were ineligible to take part in the competition. When security staff were called to intervene, a significant amount of explosive material was discovered.
A spokesman for the band has confirmed that under the circumstances, the group's European Tour is likely to be postponed until further notice. Any persons holding tickets for the tour and who require a full refund should apply to Al Jazeera Productions, C/o MI5, Thames House,London.