German Football Match Cancelled After Police Receive Bomb Threat

The empty football stadium after the match was canceled. Photo source: Reuters/Nigel Treblin

The Paris terror attacks have left everyone on edge worldwide, so when police received a bomb threat and what was believed to be credible information that there were jihadists planning to launch a similar attack at the HDI Arena in Hanover during a German football match, they did precisely what would be expected and canceled the match.

Though the decision to cancel the match and evacuate the arena came less than 90-minutes before the kick-off was scheduled, most of the fans were still outside and calmly left the scene. Those who were evacuated were reportedly advised to leave in groups of threes and to stay out of town.

A nearby concert venue in Hanover, the TUI-Arena, was also evacuated as a precaution due to heightened security concerns after police received the bomb threat. The concert did proceed to be held later in the evening.

Volker Kluwe, the Hanover Police President, said “We had received specific indications that an attack with explosives was planned. We took them seriously and that is why we took the measures.”

Security was extremely tight for the evening, with special forces and anti-terrorist units on site as a precaution towards the bomb threat. Armed police, carrying machine guns, made a loud presence throughout the city as well.

There are reports of a man being held by the police at gun point outside the stadium, but no follow-up information on the incident has been given yet.

The German national team who were supposed to be playing in the football match were taken to the local police station for their own safety, while the Holland team who was to play them were sent home when space on a flight was found.

While there had been rumors that a suspicious abandoned suitcase had been spotted outside the venue of the football match, as well as speculation that an ambulance that was packed with explosives had been found nearby, authorities are not confirming if there is truth to these rumors yet and are currently maintaining that no explosives have yet been found.

Regarding the decision to cancel the football match due to the bomb threat, the local interior minister said “This was a bitter decision, especially for me as Minister of Interior and Sports, but we made it for the security of the people. It would have been irresponsible, we had no doubt.” He went on to reassure the public, saying “We will have a greater police presence in Hanover all night.”

The investigation is still ongoing as local authorities continue to work on the information they were given.

Read also: Paris Surgeons Overwhelmed As They Fight To Save Victims Of The Attacks.

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