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Rome, Aug. 18, 2017 Security in crowded areas and high-profile public spaces would be raised, the in Italy, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Friday.

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This is in the wake of the two car-ramming terrorist attacks that left 14 dead in Spain.

Interior Minister Marco Minniti

Interior Minister Marco Minniti “asked to keep up the level of vigilance, strengthening security measures protecting the targets seen as most at risk, as well as significantly crowded places,’’ a statement said.

The note was issued after Minniti chaired a meeting with police and intelligence forces.

Italy is the only major European country to have been spared from terrorist attacks in recent years.

In Rome, access to tourist hotspots such as St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum and the Via del Corso shopping avenue is already protected by armoured vehicles, to reduce the risk of ramming attacks.

Minniti had said that there was “no trace of an imminent threat’’ from terrorism in Italy, and credited a government scheme that allowed the deportation of foreign Islamist suspects for helping to keep the country safe.

Some 199 were forcibly returned to their country since the scheme was introduced in January 2015, the minister said.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb

Meanwhile, in France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, wrote on Twitter that with an individual possibly still at large in Spain, “we are reinforcing controls on the borders’’ in conjunction with the Spanish police and Guardia Civil.

Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Abdullahi Yusuf
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