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Threat shuts Christmas markets in Germany’s Dusseldorf – police

Dusseldorf, a western German city, closed its Christmas markets in the historic city centre on Monday (5 December) as a precaution after receiving a threat against one of its police officers, police said.

A spokesperson for the city stated that the old town, which included the city hall, was closed but didn’t give any reason.

Bild, the newspaper that first reported the closures, stated that a caller threatened to drive a truck into the city hall market.

Police stated that officers were present on the scene, but that it was calm.

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A threat received by Berlin police just over a week earlier caused them to close roads and increase security at the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market.

Berliner Zeitung reported that an unidentified man called police to report that he was planning on driving his car through the revellers.

After three hours, police gave the all clear and said it was investigating possible abuse of the emergency hotline.

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In 2016, twelve people were killed when a man drove his stolen truck into a bustling Christmas market in Berlin.

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