Spain embraces shoot-to-kill policy over festive terror menace

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SECURITY forces across Spain will take a more aggressive approach to terrorist threats as the country gears up for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Armed patrols will ‘neutralise’ threats, rather than use their weapons defensively as was past protocol. Assault rifles and sub-machine guns will be commonplace throughout Malaga, Madrid and other Spanish cities. 

The decision comes amid a heightened jihadi threat across Europe following the atrocious attack on a Berlin Christmas market. 

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Spanish security forces have adapted to the varying threat levels and used terrorism in France and other countries as a blueprint for dealing with the unique menace posed by Daesh.

What this latest development means is that they will no longer be as hindered by red tape as in the past. Police marksmen will no longer be dragged into lengthy bureaucratic battles to explain themselves if they kill a confirmed terrorist. 

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