Nov 17

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German Soccer Stadium Evacuated, Music Venues & Subway Stations Closed; Police Confirm Ambulance Full Of Explosives Discovered:

Update 2: During a press conference, a German official says no explosives found and no arrests made in Hanover.  The German official, Pistoris, when asked if a bomb was found in an ambulance, would not confirm.

Update: AP is now reporting that second stadium in Hanover has been evacuated.

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From The Telegraph[5]:

Two stadiums in Hannover have been evacuated amid bomb scares at a football match which Angela Merkel was due to attend.

The Germany v Netherlands football match has been cancelled and the stadium evacuated.

Reports suggest that a truck bomb was hidden in an ambulance, parked outside.

But 90 minutes before play was scheduled to start, and 15 minutes after the gates had opened, police announced to fans by megaphone that the game had been cancelled.

Volker Kluwe, the police chief in the city, told German public broadcaster NDR that the alleged threat involved the “detonation of explosives in the stadium.”

Local trains were ordered not to stop at the stadium and other stops around the city.

The second venue is a concert hall in Hannover. Concert-goers had been waiting for the band Soehne Mannheims to play when they were told to evacuate the building. It is not yet clear why they are have been told to leave.

Latest (via kreiszeitung.de)[6]

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 from the local paper, 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

The officers at the roadblocks near the stadium now control also police cars and ambulance stations who want in the area. There are rumors that an emergency vehicle was loaded with explosives.

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Recent Update:

  • *HANOVER POLICE HAD WARNING OF PLAN FOR STADIUM EXPLOSION
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*GERMANY-NETHERLANDS GAME CANCELED DUE TO `CONCRETE THREAT’: WSJ

The soccer stadium in Hannover, Germany, is being evacuated and stadium loudspeakers say the game has been cancelled.

The stadium was hosting a match between Germany and the Netherlands. Many top German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were scheduled to attend the match to show they will not bow to terrorism.

On Friday, a match between Germany and France in Paris was the site of numerous explosions in a terror attack that killed at least 129 people throughout the city. One of the attackers reportedly attempted to enter the stadium with a ticket after the game had begun but was turned away. He then detonated his explosive vest.
In addition to the game in Germany, France and England are scheduled to play a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
However, Tuesday’s scheduled match between host Belgium and Spain was cancelled on Monday amid security concerns, and many fans were worried that it might mean the disruption of Euro 2016 next year. Tournament organizers said earlier in the day (before the Hanover evacuation) that the event would go on, however.
We will update this post as news comes in.
As we detailed earlier,
Anxiety remains high across Europe. The Germany-Netherlands soccer exhibition match scheduled to be held in Hanover tonight has been canceled, city police spokeswoman Stephanie Weiss says by phone. While no reason was confirmed, DPA reported the discovery of a suspicious suitcase earlier (which police said posed no threat).

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As DPA reported earlier,

Police sealed off the stadium for the friendly international between Germany and the Netherlands for half an hour Tuesday after the discovery of a suspicious suitcase.

The stadium and some roads in the area were closed before police said little over two hours before kick-off that the object posed no threat.

Extra police, many armed with automatic weapons, has been deployed for the game as security was beefed up after the terror attacks in Paris on Friday. All available police officers were being deployed in Hanover, a police spokeswoman said without giving further details.

The German football federation (DFB) had considered calling off Tuesday’s match as Germany were playing France at the Stade de France north of Paris when the attacks occurred.

However federation and team officials agreed to go ahead with the friendly international in solidarity with France and the relatives and victims of the Paris attacks.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and several senior cabinet members are due to attend the match at the HDI Arena.

Several thousand tickets for the game remained unsold at midday and unlike previous internationals or Bundesliga games in Hanover few fans were seen in the city centre hours before the game.

But now:
  • *HANOVER POLICE SPOKESWOMAN CONFIRMS GERMAN-DUTCH GAME SCRAPPED
  • *HANNOVER STADIUM HOSTING GERMANY-NETHERLANDS EVACUATED, AP SAYS

 

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