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Christmas Market in Toronto's Distillery District heightens security on heels of Berlin attack

Last Updated Nov 16, 2017 at 11:37 am EDT

The Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District has heightened its security in light of an attack in Berlin, CityNews has learned.

A truck slammed into the market in downtown Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50.

“We are deeply saddened by what happened at the Christmas Market in Berlin,” Mathew Rosenblatt, of the Toronto Christmas Market, said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and with the people of Germany.”

An officer told CityNews organizers contacted the Toronto Police Service at 51 Division immediately after the attack in Germany and expressed security concerns.

As a result, concrete barricades have been put up around the perimeter of the market and extra paid-duty police officers have been assigned to the event.

51 Division is also supplying extra uniformed police officers on street patrol.

“Our officers on the road are going to make a point of going by,” said Sgt. David Wallace. “And also our community response officers are going to attend tonight and do walk-throughs, looking for anything suspicious.”

Police have no reason to believe the market is under threat, he added.

“There hasn’t been any intel passed along to us, but [it’s] just to show a visible presence and make it known that we are making it safe,” Wallace said.

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