Police in a German city have ordered a shopping centre to stay closed today due to “concrete indications about a possible attack”.
Terror police in Germany say they have indications about an attack at the shopping centre in Essen.
In a statement, police said: “The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping centre.”
Police said they could give no further details about the nature of the threat.
Germany is on high alert following major radical Islamist attacks in France and Belgium and after a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Christmas market in December, killing 12 people.
Nine people were also injured in Dusseldorf following an axe attack on Thursday night.
Several of the victims were seriously injured when a man jumped off a train and began hitting people, apparently at random, with an axe at the city’s main train station.
Authorities named the suspect arrested at the scene as a 36-year-old called Fatmir H – who lived in Wuppertal, in Germany, but was originally from Kosovo.
German Police are keen to stress that he is believed to be mentally ill and there are no ‘terror’ connections.
Fatmir H was seriously injured himself reportedly jumping from a bridge in an unsuccessful attempt to flee.
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