Germany cancels Christmas markets as locals fear another attack

BERLIN — Fearing a wave of pedestrian deaths, Germany has cancelled its Christmas market on Munich’s main thoroughfare as well as a market planned for Berlin.

The decision comes after 12 people were killed by a truck crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin, prompting an outpouring of grief and warnings from officials that people should avoid the country’s busy streets.

In Munich, where the Nov. 9 attack on a Christmas market killed nine people was condemned as “an act of terrorism,” the city said it was canceling the Munich Christmas market this year in addition to the others.

Munich city hall called it “a great sadness.” But its spokesman, Johannes Weiss, said officials felt it was better to cancel the market now than to revive it if there were more victims in the suspected attack Thursday on a Christmas market in Berlin.

The Munich market had been expected to attract more than 300,000 people.

In Berlin, city authorities said they were canceling a planned Christmas market on a riverside esplanade after the attacks in nearby Paris and Berlin.

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