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Mall closed over terror threat in Germany

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By Euronews
Mall closed over terror threat in Germany

<p>What would normally have been a bustling shopping centre in Germany was virtually empty. Uniformed officers were the only signs of life at the Limbecker Platz mall in Essen on Saturday.</p> <p>Police had closed the mall acting on intelligence reports of a potential terror attack. The origin of the threat, the local media reported, was a German with links to <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.</p> <p>In the afternoon, police confirmed they had searched an apartment in the nearby town of Oberhausen, and were also questioning another man in an internet cafe in the same town.</p> <p>Germany is on high alert following deadly terror attacks in France and Belgium, and after a man drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market in December, killing 12 people. As a result many people are feeling on edge.</p> <p>“It’s frightening, totally frightening,” said Jasmina Alukic who works in the Essen shopping centre. “Because you stand in the shop and every day you must anticipate that anything happens. It is not a nice feeling.”</p> <p>The creeping feeling of unease is not helped by non-terror related attacks. Just a few days earlier a man with a history of mental illness carried out an axe attack at a train station in Dusseldorf. “You get this feeling that (trouble) is getting nearer. Now there’s something up in Essen, you get a little bit scared,” a resident of Essen told a reporter.</p> <p>Security concerns are likely to be a major issue in the upcoming elections in Germany. It’s something which Angela Merkel will have to grapple with as she seeks a fourth term as Chancellor.</p>