Looks like terrorism has shut down a big soccer game today between German and the Netherlands, a game which Angela Merkel was expected to attend. But not only was the stadium evacuated, a concert in Hannover was also evacuated as well:
WAPO – Germany and the Netherlands were supposed to play a soccer match in Hannover on Tuesday, but it was called off about 90 minutes before kickoff after police found a suspicious object inside the stadium, which was evacuated.
German media is reporting that police received “concrete” information about a bomb threat.
“Dear followers, the game has just been cancelled. Please go home swiftly but without panic,” the Hannover police said on their Facebook page. At the stadium, police asked that people evacuate by foot, as all trains moving away from the stadium were stopped. Only a few spectators were inside the stadium when the evacuation was announced.
Agence France-Presse says police called off the game at 49,000-seat HDI Arena because of “security reasons,” without elaborating on the specifics. Events in other parts of Hannover also were affected:
Concert at 14,000-capacity TUI Arena in Hannover also evacuated. via @BILD
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Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to attend the game, according to reports, “as a signal that Germany wouldn’t bow to terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks,” the AP reports
UPDATE: Ambulance with explosives was found in front of the stadium:
via Google Translate:
Hannover – Four days after the terrorist attacks in Paris was canceled shortly before the scheduled kick-off in Hannover the international football match between Germany and the Netherlands. According to information of Kreiszeitung.de an ambulance has been discovered with explosives.
In the field of the stadium in Hanover is a so-called troublemaker have been seen, which is known to the authorities. Security forces have also discovered an ambulance, which housed explosives.
BREAKING: Hanover chief of police: "There was a device intended to be detonated inside the stadium." #GERNED
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