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Terror: 2016 ushered in amid high global alert

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The New Year was ushered in amid high security alert as millions welcomed the year 2016 albeit cautiously.

German police shut down two main train stations in the city of Munich only hours before the New Year celebration after receiving “very concrete information” from the intelligence service of a friendly country that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group had planned to carry out “suicide attacks” in the southern city of the European country on New Year’s Eve.

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“I think this was the right decision because I believe that we cannot take risks regarding such concrete threats about concrete places and concrete times,” Bavaria Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told a news conference on Friday.

Elsewhere, fireworks were cancelled in Paris and Brussels, while huge fires ripped through a Dubai hotel and also destroyed 1,000 homes in the Philippines.

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