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new york» Mas­sive 20-ton san­i­ta­tion trucks, weighted with an ex­tra 15 tons of sand, will sur­round the iconic New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion in Times Square, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day, de­scrib­ing a se­cu­rity mea­sure meant to stop deadly truck-driv­ing at­tacks into crowds like those in Ger­many and France.

The place­ment of the 65 trucks, along with 100 pa­trol cars, at in­ter­sec­tions sur­round­ing Times Square is a new el­e­ment to an al­ready heav­ily po­liced event that will in­clude 7,000 of­fi­cers, spe­cially armed coun­tert­er­ror­ism units and bomb-sniff­ing dogs.

“We live in a chang­ing world now,” New York Po­lice De­part­ment Com­mis­sioner James O’Neil said. “It can’t just be, ‘What hap­pens in New York, what hap­pens in the United States?’ It has to be more, ‘What hap­pens world­wide?’ ”

A Tu­nisian man who plowed a truck into a Christ­mas mar­ket in Ber­lin this month killed 12 peo­ple and in­jured 56 oth­ers. His at­tack fol­lowed a more deadly as­sault in Nice, France, in July that left 86 peo­ple dead when a man drove a 20-ton re­frig­er­ated truck into a crowd cel­e­brat­ing Bastille Day. BBB

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