Police in the western German city of Essen have ordered a shopping mall in the center of town to remain closed on Saturday due to ‘concrete indications about a possible terror attack’.
‘The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping center,’ said the police in a statement, adding it could give no further details about the nature of the threat at the Limbecker Platz center.
‘Police have concrete indications of a possible attack,’ a spokesperson for North Rhine Westphalia Police said.
‘In order to avoid possible danger to visitors, they will not be able to enter the shopping halls or the car park.’
Germany is on high alert following major radical Islamist attacks in France and Belgium and after a Muslim asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Christmas market in December, killing 12 people.
The incident comes just a day after seven people including two police officers were injured when a Muslim terrorist wielding an axe went on the rampage at a train station in Dusseldorf and an 80-year-old man was attacked by Muslim terrorist with a machete in a car park, near a forest in second terror attack in Dusseldorf.
Hours later two Muslim terrorists carried out a tear gas attack on a packed train in Hamburg and fled after spraying the toxic substance in a carriage carrying around 50 people. Two children aged 3 and 6 and four adults suffered respiratory and eye problems.