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Russian Forces Boost Security Measures in Wake of Berlin Attack

In the wake of the deadly truck ramming into a Christmas market in Berlin, Russian police say "heavy trucks" will be used in public areas as a security measure.

Russian police chief Viktor Kovalenko said on Wednesday that "major junctions" that lead into areas where Christmas events are held would be closed off by "heavy trucks."

Kovalenko added that Moscow was monitoring the "events that are happening in the world, including the use of heavy trucks" to conduct attacks.

On December 19, a truck plowed into a popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capital. Twelve people were killed and 50 others were injured. The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack later.

A similar attack was carried out in France in July. A man drove a truck into a large crowd of people who had gathered for the Bastille Day events in the coastal city of Nice. More than 80 people died in the terrorist assault.

Meanwhile, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament on Wednesday called for heightened security measures for Russian diplomats abroad. The move came after the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey on December 19.

The State Duma voted on a resolution that condemned the assassination of Andrei Karlov. It also asked authorities to take extra steps to protect the Russian diplomats, Press TV reported.

Source: Al Alam

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