Boston officials to install barriers around City Hall Plaza winter attraction

BOSTON (WHDH) - The deadly event in Berlin on Tuesday, where a driver rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market and killed at least 12 people, caught the attention of public safety officials in Boston.

Shortly after the attacks in Berlin were reported, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city planned to take extra safety precautions at its own holiday attraction.

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The premiere of Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza, featuring ice skating, food stalls and shops, has drawn sizable crowds in the past several weeks during peak holiday season.

Walsh said on Tuesday that officials plan to install barriers around Boston Winter to prevent any vehicles from entering the area.

“We’re making sure the right proper barriers are up. It’s just a really sad situation what’s going on there,” Walsh said.

The Berlin attack is similar to the attack in Nice, France earlier this year when a man plowed into crowds along a beach front killing more than 80 people and injuring hundreds.

Walsh said Boston Police officers have remained vigilant since the bombing attack in 2014. “Our police are always on high alert and as I said before, after the marathon our worlds here in Boston changed. After 911 our world changed but we’re always on high alert.”

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Police said Tuesday that the driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally and that they are investigating a suspected “terror attack.”

Massachusetts State Police said there is no connection between the Berlin attack and any person or group in the United States.

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