Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Shopping centre closed due to 'concrete indications of attack', say terror police

Shopping centre closed due to 'concrete indications of attack', say terror police

Police said it was the sole focus of the threat.

At 1.30pm local time officers raided an apartment in neighbouring town Oberhausen, about six-miles away, and are interrogating the landlord, reports German news outlet Bild.

Details of the threat weren't immediately available.

A shopping center in Germany was shut down after Police received "concrete indications" of a possible terror attack.

The shopping center and the adjacent parking lot stayed closed as about a hundred police officers positioned themselves around the compound to make sure nobody could enter the mall.

Officials said that they have indications of a planned attack.

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Essen police said they were questioning a man and had searched his apartment in nearby Oberhausen. "In order not avoid any danger for visitors the closure has been ordered", the mall's website message said.

Last July, a German-Iranian man, who police say was obsessed with mass murderers, shot dead nine people at a Munich shopping mall before turning the gun on himself.

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

Twelve people were killed and 48 others injured in December after a tractor-trailer plowed through a busy outdoor Christmas market in Berlin.

Germany is on high alert following major radical Islamist attacks in France and Belgium.

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