BERLIN - The German city of Braunschweig cancelled a planned carnival parade Sunday because of a “specific threat of a terror attack”, police said. The event, which was to begin at 1120 GMT, was called off following a tip by “reliable state security sources”, police said in a statement. “Police request all visitors not to go to the planned parade route or not to make the trip to Braunschweig in the first place,” the statement said.

Police chief Michael Pientka told public broadcaster NDR there was no link between the cancellation and two fatal attacks in Copenhagen Saturday, which had come little more than a month after the attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead.  Organisers said the annual event in Braunschweig was normally the biggest parade in northern Germany during February’s Roman Catholic carnival season with up to 250,000 visitors expected.