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Germany Cancels Parade Due To Terror Threat

The carnival parade in northern Germany was called off just 90 minutes before it was due to begin.

Posted on February 15, 2015, at 9:45 a.m. ET

Police in Braunschweig, northern Germany, cancelled a local parade shortly before it was set to begin on Sunday, amid concerns it could be targeted by terrorists.

German police patrols the streets of the northern German town of Braunschweig, February 15, 2015.
REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

German police patrols the streets of the northern German town of Braunschweig, February 15, 2015.

The carnival parade was called off because police had received information from "reliable sources" of a plot by someone with an Islamist background, Braunschweig authorities said in a Facebook post.

Carnival revellers walk past a police car near the city hall of the northern German town of Braunschweig, Feb. 15, 2015.
REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Carnival revellers walk past a police car near the city hall of the northern German town of Braunschweig, Feb. 15, 2015.

The city's mayor, Ulrich Markurth, was involved in the decision to cancel the parade, just 90 minutes before it was set to begin.

"This is a very sad day for our city and all the people who were so looking forward to the parade like me," Markurth said in a statement on Facebook. "It is also a sad day for our democratic society."

It comes after two people were killed in twin terror attacks by a gunman in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, on Saturday.

"The police have made it clear that the risk is very, very serious," Mayor Markurth told Germany's NDR television.

The annual parade reportedly draws more than 250,000 visitors each year, according to the BBC.

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