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US authorities adopt new tactic to combat truck terror attacks

US police are using a new tactic in the wake of recent terror attacks using trucks in Nice and Berlin - big trucks in a protective ring.

A cordon of water trucks will be placed around Pasadena's Rose Parade in California. In New York, over 100 garbage trucks and other vehicles, many filled with sand, will form a protective barrier around Times Square, where a million are expected to gather for a traditional countdown party tonight.

There will be strict controls including personal searches at all entry points, and 7,000 police officers will be on standby. In Pasadena, some 1,500 police officers in uniform as well as civilian clothes will be deployed over the nearly 9km route of the annual New Year's Day Parade.

The New York Police Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security say there is no "specific, credible threat" to the Times Square party, but they "remain concerned about unaffiliated lone offenders and homegrown violent extremists targeting the event".

Performers for the Times Square event include Rachel Platten, Gloria Estefan and Mariah Carey.

"What I want everyone to take away from our preparation is this: People will be safe this New Year's Eve because we're there along with our law enforcement partners," New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said this week.

"We're going to have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events in one of the safest venues in the entire world."

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