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German Police Order Major Shopping Mall Closed Due to Imminent Attack

Saturday, March 11, 2017 3:09
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This Merkel’s legacy to Germany. In the aftermath of the Muslim invasion of Europe, the most mundane daily tasks have become fraught with peril. And it’s only just beginning.

German police order Essen shopping mall closed due to attack threat

Russia Today, 11 March, 2017:

#polizei #Anschlagsdrohung in #Essen at #LimbeckerPlatz. The shopping center remains closed today. More info

— Polizei NRW E (@Polizei_NRW_E) March 11, 2017

Police have shut down a shopping center in the western German city of Essen, citing “reliable tip-offs” warning of an imminent terrorist attack, according to local media.

“The current state of our investigation points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping center,” local police said in a statement.

The nature of the threat to the shopping center located at Limbecker Platz in downtown Essen was not elaborated upon.

While the threat apparently concerns only the shopping center, the adjacent roads and entrances to the building have been blocked.

“Police are now intensively trying to clarify the nature of the threat using numerous specialists. Ongoing investigations currently prohibit the disclosure of further details due to the ongoing investigation,” they added.

While the police did not use the phrase “terrorist attack threat” in their statement, local media such as Spiegel or Die Welt are describing it as such.

Security has been tight in Germany since a string of lone-wolf terror attacks hit the country last year. A Syrian refugee detonated an explosive device outside a music festival in the town of Ansbach last July, killing himself and injuring 12 others. There has also been an axe assault and a shooting spree, as well as a truck attack that took place in Berlin last December.

READ MORE: Bavaria ponders unlimited detention for terrorism suspects

In early March, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, said that Islamists could carry out terrorist attacks at any time, warning that “the potential of violence-oriented Islamists in Germany is growing steadily and will continue to increase.” He also stressed that “the high level of hazards for Germany and its interests from Islamist terrorism” remains unchanged.


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