Shopping centre closed in Germany after terrorist alert

Mar 12, 2017, 01:03
Shopping centre closed in Germany after terrorist alert

One was questioned after a police search of an apartment in the town. But the closure comes a day after police received very serious indications from "another agency" that an attack was possibly planned on the mall Saturday, Wickhorst said.

The force said investigators were urgently looking into the origin of the attack threat using specialists forces, and has set up a phone number for concerned residents. According to an official police Twitter account, police also boosted their numbers in the city's main train station, although trains were still running.

Last July, a German-Iranian who police say was obsessed with mass murderers including a Norwegian right-wing fanatic shot dead nine people at a Munich shopping mall before turning the gun on himself. "The police have concrete indications of a possible attack".

Police told Der Westen: "In order to prevent a possible endangering of the visitors, they will not be able to get into the sales halls, nor into the parking garage".

Essen, in the western province of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a city of about 590,000 people.

Germany is on high alert following deadly militant Islamist attacks in France and Belgium and after a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market in December, killing 12 people.

Germany has been on the edge following a series of attacks in public places over the past year.