Terrorism fears prompt new security measures at Oktoberfest

From Stripes.com
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Terrorism fears prompt new security measures at Oktoberfest

by: Marcus Kloeckner | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 18, 2016

Security measures at this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich will be tightened considerably because of fears of possible terrorist attacks, authorities said Wednesday.

The festival grounds will be cordoned off by a fence during the event, which runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. Backpacks and all large bags will be banned, and small bags will be individually checked by security staff, the city of Munich said in a news release.

Oktoberfest this year comes at particularly sensitive time in Europe. Germany has been on edge since a string of recent attacks, including a shooting by a German-Iranian youth in Munich that claimed 10 lives, an ax rampage near Wuerzburg that wounded five, and a suicide bombing that injured 15 outside a bar in Ansbach.

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