German stadium evacuated, soccer game canceled at last minute

Nov 17, 2015 2:43 PM by CBS/AP

HANNOVER, Germany -- The soccer stadium in Hannover, Germany, has been evacuated and stadium loudspeakers say the game there has been cancelled.

The stadium was hosting a match between Germany and the Netherlands.

Hannover's police chief says authorities have cancelled the match because they had "concrete information" about a bomb threat.

The German news agency dpa quoted police chief Volker Kluwe saying the information concerned an explosives attack.

The stadium was evacuated by police about an hour and a half before the kickoff Tuesday night in the northern German city.

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

The world is on high alert after the deadly terror attacks in Paris, France, that killed 129 and injured 350 more.

Meanwhile in London, a police helicopter was whirring above and armed officers on patrol as England and France soccer fans had been mingling outside Wembley Stadium ahead of what should be an emotionally charged game taking place four days after the deadly attacks in Paris.

The atmosphere was calm on a wet and windy evening in London and there was no sense of panic among supporters. Many appeared intent on sending a defiant message of unity after the string of coordinated attacks in the French capital on Friday.

Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron will be among the near-80,000 spectators at English football's national stadium, where there is an increased police presence and enhanced security measures.

This story will be updated when more information is available.


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