>> Police in the western German city of Essen closed down one of the country's largest shopping center Saturday after receiving concrete indications of a possible attack.>> We received during the course of yesterday some serious indications from security circles that an attack was planned for today and will be carried out.
So we were forced to take these measures.>> Germany is on high alert following major radical Islamist attacks in France and Belgium. And in December a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12. Essen, in the industrial rural region, has nearly 600,000 inhabitants.
Many express their fears with little detail being provided by police.>> It's not good. It's an unpleasant feeling also for the future. Because you don't know how it will look on Monday. If you can go to work when the mall opens. And if you're inside that something could maybe happen.
That is very unpleasant feeling. Armed police and vans surrounded the shopping center but roads nearby were open to traffic.