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Germany: Security tightened in Berlin ahead of New Year's celebrations01:43

Germany: Security tightened in Berlin ahead of New Year's celebrations

Germany, Berlin
December 30, 2016 at 20:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

Berlin was among one of the many European capitals to tighten security on Friday ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, following the recent attack at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in the west of the German capital.

In a bid to protect civilians against potential attacks during the New Year's festivities, concrete bricks were placed in pedestrian areas and fences erected to direct the flow of traffic. Bags, fireworks and other materials will be forbidden in certain areas.

The police have also closed Pariser Platz Square, located in front of the Brandenburg Gate, and will be reportedly deploying 1,700 officers along the main party strip in central Berlin.

The measures come after a truck was driven into the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 48 on December 19. The so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack. The chief suspect, Anis Amri, was later killed during a police shoot out in Milan on December 23.

Germany: Security tightened in Berlin ahead of New Year's celebrations01:43
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Berlin was among one of the many European capitals to tighten security on Friday ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, following the recent attack at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in the west of the German capital.

In a bid to protect civilians against potential attacks during the New Year's festivities, concrete bricks were placed in pedestrian areas and fences erected to direct the flow of traffic. Bags, fireworks and other materials will be forbidden in certain areas.

The police have also closed Pariser Platz Square, located in front of the Brandenburg Gate, and will be reportedly deploying 1,700 officers along the main party strip in central Berlin.

The measures come after a truck was driven into the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 48 on December 19. The so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack. The chief suspect, Anis Amri, was later killed during a police shoot out in Milan on December 23.

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