On Tuesday Police evacuated the soccer stadium in Hanover hosting a contest between Holland and Germany because a “suspicious object was found inside” reported the Guardian.
The suspected terrorist plot comes just four days after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 and aimed to kill more at the Stade de France (shown in picture).
Hanover’s chief of police explained to the BBC that a “concrete security threat” developed and “there were plans for some kind of explosion.” Volker Kluwe explained to German television, “We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device in the stadium.”
Police also evacuated another arena in Hanover, the TUI-Arena, set to host a performance by the Söhne Mannheims musical group.
Hanover mayor, Stefan Schostok, told local media: “Safety is paramount. This is a fear you will always have. I trust the police have made the right decision. If a threat situation exists, then those steps must be taken.”
Fans were asked to depart the stadium 90 minutes before game time. They were asked to leave “quickly, but should go without panic back home. Please go in small groups back home, it’s better this way.”
The incident comes on the heals of Friday’s Islamic attacks in Paris where terrorists massacred 129 people. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, some of her cabinet ministers, and Dutch dignitaries planned on attending Tuesday’s game.
Friday at Stade de France both UK Prime Prime Minister David Cameron and France President François Hollande attended the game as at least one terrorist unsuccessfully sought entry.