Following the terrorist attack in Strasbourg has ordered that the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of the interior reinforced police presence at the Christmas markets. The security situation was to re-evaluate, said Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD) on Wednesday in the state Parliament in Mainz. He announced that the security authorities would vote on (today) Wednesday at the Federal level, the newly created location. In doing so, he will suggest, “to show to the inputs of the Christmas markets are significantly more open presence, and to carry the machine gun is visible”.
Also in Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt the police with additional vigilance on Christmas markets. Other authorities feel, with a view to the protection of the German Christmas markets are well prepared. “It’s all so, as usual,” said a spokeswoman for the lower Saxony interior Ministry on Wednesday. A spokesman for the schleswig-Holstein state police see no reason to change anything: “attack scenarios with easy-to-procured vehicles, with knives, or even firearms are covered in our security concepts”, he said in Kiel. Similar statements were from Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Baden-Württemberg.
In Rhineland-Palatinate will increase the police presence for the search, since there is the possibility that the offender had fled from Strasbourg to Germany. “Our special forces I put on alert: they are available immediately,” says interior Minister Lewentz. To support the investigation measures, the Rhineland had brought-Palatinate police forces with armored vehicles to the border at white castle. You should assist the Federal police.