The police in the German city of Düsseldorf evacuated the Christmas markets in the city center this afternoon, after the police received a telephone warning that an attack would take place there.

    The police confirmed that it was a safety issue, but also said that there was no imminent danger. It would be a threat to collide with a truck on partygoers. Emergency services, including armed police, were posted in the market squares and streets of the old town.

    More than a week ago, the police also closed roads in Berlin and tightened security around the Christmas market at Alexanderplatz, after a telephone threat.

    In 2016, 12 people were killed after a man drove a stolen truck into a busy Christmas market in Berlin. Dramatic footage then showed the gruesome scenes in Berlin immediately after the truck drove into a Christmas market, also injuring 48 people at the time.

    Full of visitors

    After two lean corona years, the German Christmas markets are attracting plenty of visitors again this year. For two years in a row, the German Weihnachtsmärkte were grounded due to the strict corona restrictions.