Concrete barriers have been erected at a British Christmas market – to prevent suicide bombers. The bollards were put up for Birmingham’s German Market to safeguard the thousands who flock to the seasonal city centre attraction each day. It is estimated that 5.5 million people will visit the market before it closes on December 29.
The move follows a series of global atrocities involving car or truck bombs in which vehicles packed with explosives have been used to cause carnage and comes in the same week that two Birmingham men were found guilty of giving cash to Mohamed Abrini, the “man in the hat” Brussels Airport terror attack suspect.
A member of the emergency services told The Birmingham Mail : “We were told by the police they are there to prevent terrorist attacks.” Packed events have, in the past, been hit by suicide squads and just last month it was revealed counter-terror police are on high alert following tip-offs that ISIS and al-Qaeda plan attacks on shopping areas.