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Police: Security on top as pope visited Poland

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Pope Francis arrives to the U.S. on Tuesday Pope Francis arrives to the U.S. on Tuesday

BRZEGI, Poland (AP) -Polish police say no major security incidents have been reported during Pope Francis' five-day visit to the country, which has been protected by top-level security measures including sniffer dogs and anti-terrorism forces with machine guns.

As the pope's visit was drawing to an end Sunday, police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka said unattended bags were biggest problem for security services as each such bag had to be checked.

On Saturday, police vans arrived in large numbers to guard a meadow where at least 1.6 million pilgrims were spending the night camping, ahead of a Sunday Mass with Francis

The slaying of an 85-year-old French priest by two extremists in Normandy on Tuesday had compounded security fears surrounding Francis' trip, which were already high due to a string of violent attacks in France and Germany.

Officials said they deployed tens of thousands of security officials to cover the event.

Ciarka said that uniformed and plain-clothes security forces were deployed on boats on the Vistula River, in helicopters that flew around the crowds and on land.

Before departing Sunday, Francis was to meet the organizers of the event at a sports stadium in Krakow.

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