Terror threat in Germany: Football match against Holland is cancelled after tip-off from French police that jihadists were going to launch Paris-style gun and bomb attack on stadium.
- Police said they were forced to cancel the match because they had ‘concrete information’ about a bomb threat
- Germany were due to take on Holland in an international friendly at the HDI Arena in Hanover tonight
- Reports said a North African terror group was planning an attack Hanover with assault rifles and suicide vests
- Police had earlier removed a suspicious suitcase from the ground and closed off roads leading into the area
- A second suspicious device was also found in a train station close to the stadium, according to local reports
- One report claimed an ambulance packed with explosives has been found outside the stadium
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been expected to attend the match with members of her cabinet
Germany cancelled a football match against Holland in Hanover just 90 minutes before kick-off after receiving ‘concrete information’ about a terror threat.
A concert venue in the city was also evacuated amid heightened security concerns in the wake of last week’s atrocities in Paris.
One report on a local newspaper website claimed an ambulance packed with explosives was found outside the HDI Arena.
There were also reports of a known trouble-maker, who was held at gunpoint by police outside the ground.
According to an NTV reporter on CNN, a second suspicious device was found in a train station close to the stadium.
Announcements at the 45,000-capacity stadium in northern Germany advised fans to leave calmly and that there was no danger. Most fans were still waiting outside when the order to evacuate came.