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After threat of terror attack, Germany closes shopping mall in Essen

After intelligence agencies in Germany received a tip about an imminent terror attack, the authorities have ordered a shopping mall in the western German city of Essen to remain closed till the matter is sorted out by security agencies. As soon as the intelligence agencies received the tip about the imminent terror attack, special security forces cordoned off the area. The early morning cleaning staff at the mall was taken out safely and the adjacent parking lot was also shut down. More than 100 police officers stood guard at the shopping mall to prevent anyone from entering the mall. A thorough search was also undertaken inside the mall to ensure that no militant could have entered it already.

A police spokesperson said that they had received a tip on late Friday night and decided to close the shopping mall. He did not provide more details about the threat, but said that the tip was quite credible. The police have already started the investigations in the case and are currently questioning a man, whose apartment was also searched. A second man has also been detained while he was at an internet cafe in Oberhausen.

The shopping mall that was closed is one of the biggest in Germany. It has more than 200 stores and the average number of visitors on Saturday is around 60,000 people.

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