It looks as though Daesh – or at least, terrorists – are targeting friendly international football matches. This apparent attempt seems to have been foiled – will we be learning of another victory for the UK’s security services shortly?

Police have cancelled the friendly between Germany and Holland after the stadium in Hanover was evacuated on Tuesday when a suspicious object was found inside.

Hanover’s chief of police, Volker Kluwe, told German news agency DPA: “We have received concrete information that someone was planning to set off explosives inside the stadium.” Police spokesman Joerg Hoffmeister told The Associated Press that everyone inside had to be evacuated after the as-yet unidentified object was found.

A concert venue in the city, the TUI-Arena, was also reported to have been evacuated ahead of performance by the Söhne Mannheims musical group.

The Hanover mayor, Stefan Schostok, told Bild: “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.”

Source: Germany v Holland cancelled due to ‘concrete plan’ to cause explosion in stadium | Football | The Guardian

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