German police order large mall to stay closed after attack threat

12 March, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Police spokesman Christoph Wickhorst said: "As police, we are the security authority here and have chose to close the mall".

"As police, we are the security authority here and have made a decision to close the mall", police spokesman Christoph Wickhorst said, adding that they had been tipped off late Friday by other security agencies.

A security alert in the western German city of Essen resulted in police closing off a shopping centre in the town. It is one of the largest shopping centres in Germany, containing around 200 businesses visited by more than 50,000 people per day.

"Police have concrete indications of a possible attack". Reports said police officers, many armed with machine pistols and bullet-proof vests, had even forced out early morning staff. The apartment search is directly related to the mall threat, police spokesperson Peter Elke told German broadcaster NTV.

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Police spokesman Peter Elke said officers were also searching an apartment in the nearby city of Oberhausen and questioning the apartment's owner about the mall threat. "In order to avoid possible danger to the visitors, they will not be able to enter the sales halls or the parking garage".

Over the past years, Germany has been spared of terrorist attacks such as those that happened in France and Belgium.

Germany remains on edge after a pair of deadly incidents past year.

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