Germany: Anti-terror barriers dressed as presents at X-mas market

Anti-terror barriers surrounding Bochum Christmas market were transformed to look like Christmas presents, Friday. Barriers filled with sand were covered in festive wrapping paper and topped ribbons, concealing beneath objects used to prevent vehicles from driving into the market. One local stated that although they dislike the need for the barriers, they support the city authorities... Еще’ initiative. Another agreed, adding “it is kind of feeling safe, if there are some [barriers] packed like presents, [and if] there is no police presence, then that seems good to me.” Last year 12 people were killed and 50 others injured in the Berlin Christmas market attack, when Tunisian national Anis Armi, who reportedly had ties to the Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), drove a lorry into a crowd at a Christmas market before fleeing the scene. He was later killed by police officers in Italy.

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