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Terror alerts issued for New Year's celebrations

Although European cities strengthen security keeping in mind recent terror attacks, the U.S. claims "everything will be alright"

Voice of America reports: New Year’s celebrations might be cancelled out of security concerns.

Annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Belgium was cancelled the day before because of a potential terror threat. Other cities around the world also have been ramping up security as the holidays come closer.

It was reported that such measures were implemented because the thorough screening of thousands of citizens planning to launch fireworks and turn out for festivities is impossible.

The article continues: Belgian police arrested two people earlier this week suspected of plotting a New Year's Eve terror attack on what they call "emblematic" targets. Prosecutors say the threat was "serious." Four of the Islamic extremists who killed 130 people in multiple terrorist attacks in Paris in November were from Belgium.”

In his turn, Paris has also strengthened security, but allowed to perform New Year celebrations. As the country continues to recover from the deadly terrorist strikes, people need a symbolic passage into the new year.

However, on Wednesday it was reported that two suspected ISIS members were arrested in Turkey. The suspects allegedly planned to carry out suicide bombings in Central Ankara, where people traditionally meet to celebrate the holiday.

“Meanwhile, thousands of police officers, some armed with long guns, radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs, will be guarding the massive New Year's celebration in New York City's Times Square,” the article adds.

U.S. security officials, police officers and FBI affiliates report that no plausible terrorist threats are to be expected during the holidays in NYC or other U.S. cities, but they promised to be proactive. The government also claimed their readiness to monitor overseas communications. NY police chief expressed his opinion on the issue: "New Year's Eve in New York City will be the safest place in the world."

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