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Germany international called off after terror alert

2015-11-17 21:51:00

German policeAlert: Police outside the stadium after match was called off

An ambulance packed full of explosives has been discovered parked outside the German national stadium, it is being reported.

Security officials are said to have made the chilling discovery as Germany prepare to take on the Netherlands in an international friendly tonight.

The match has now been cancelled as terror chiefs assess the situation which comes just four days after the Paris terror attacks which left 129 on Friday.

The German national team was taken to a secure area of ​​the HDI Arena in Hannover and had not entered the pitch, reports Kreiszeitung.

German policeTerror alert: Police evacuate the HDI Arena prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands.

It is thought the 'ambulance' was actually a truck disguised as an emergency vehicle.

The match in Hannover was due to begin at 7.45pm GMT but a security alert saw the police step in at around 6pm to prevent it going ahead.

Reports emerged earlier in the evening that a suspect package, said to be a suitcase, was found at the stadium in Hannover.

Later police confirmed the game had been called off, and that an unidentified object had been found in the stadium.

German policeResponse: Police forces secure a scene at Robert-Enke-Strasse after finding a suspicious piece of luggage prior the match Germany against the Netherlands

It is then thought police made the discovery of the ambulance.

Local police told fans: "Please go home quickly without panic," according to local reports, 90 minutes before play started.

Many top German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were scheduled to attend the match to show they will not bow to terrorism.

It is understood Ms Merkel was on her way to the stadium when she heard about the discovery and was taken immediately to a safe zone.

German policeClosure: Police road block after suspect item outside the stadium

The Germany squad have also been taken to an unconfirmed location with a police escort.

Former Holland player Ruud Gullit wrote on Twitter: "I am now on the stadium of hannover for the game germany-holland.

"They just suspended the game and are going to inform us why."

Germany were playing France at the Stade de France on Friday when the stadium was targeted by terrorists as part of a series of coordinated attacks in Paris.

Three people died and several others were injured when two suicide attacks and a bombing occurred close to the national stadium during the friendly match on Friday night.

Twitter reports that police are holding a man at gunpoint following the stadium evacuation


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