Nordic cities raise security after Berlin

More police on streets of Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen
Police will be out in bigger numbers in Nordic cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen following the attack on the Christmas market in central Berlin. However, there is no indication of a direct terrorist threat.
In the Danish capital, police say their presence will be beefed up at key seasonal shopping areas, tweeting: “We have further increased our presence at Christmas markets and on Strøget after Berlin. We are closely following the situation”.
Barriers have been placed at entrances to some public spaces. The current threat level in Denmark remains unchanged, at ‘severe’.
Police spokesman Peter Dahl: “Unexpected terror targeting the gathering of innocent people is very difficult to completely protect against, but we are now in collaboration with [Danish security intelligence agency] PET and the Danish National Police are taking some extra precautions to ensure that the people of Copenhagen are protected as well as possible during the Christmas rush.”
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen condemned the attack in Berlin: “I am in mourning and angry. Berlin is our own backyard. There are many Danes who see Berlin as our second capital. The thought that families set off for a Christmas market to enjoy themselves and suddenly become subjected to something as horrible as we saw last night is totally unbearable.”
In Norway, police in Oslo and Bergen are also boosting their numbers on the streets and at ‘symbolic targets’ like Christmas markets.
“We are increasing patrols in places where large crowds gather, including the Christmas market in Spikersuppa,” police operations manager Cathrine Sylju told broadcaster NRK.
Swedes, meanwhile, have been urged not to change their way of life. Christmas markets are a Swedish tradition and tourist attraction, and Interior Minister Anders Ygeman advised people to go about their lives as normal.
“I believe we must continue to live our lives as we wish, and not let threats, hate or attacks change our way of living,” he told news agency TT. “Then we would have started to give the terrorists an important part of a victory.”
Sweden’s Security Service, or Säpo, has had an ‘elevated’ terrorist threat level (three on a five-level scale) in place since it was reduced from ‘high’ back in March.
Copenhagen Post / The Local


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