UPDATE: According to the Interior Minister of Germany, no explosives were found in or around the Hanover stadium.
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An globally anticipated international friendly soccer match between Germany and Holland was cancelled and the stadium and surrounding areas evacuated 90 minutes before kickoff due to what all major news outlets are calling a huge bomb.
While the initial reason for the evacuation was due to threats related to the terrorist attacks in Paris, many began reporting that an ambulance packed to the gills with explosives was found outside HDI Arena in Hanover, Germany.
According to reports, the bomb was supposed to be driven into the 45,000 seat arena and detonated. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with her cabinet were planning on being in attendance.
German police said there was concrete evidence that “islamists” planned to attack the arena as well as other areas of Germany.
Pictures of the scene:
From the Daily Mail:
Germany’s friendly against Holland was cancelled just 90 minutes before kick-off after a bomb truck disguised as an ambulance was discovered near the stadium in Hanover, according to reports.
Police chief Volker Kluwe said there had been ‘a concrete threat scenario for all of Hanover’ and that there had been ‘serious plans to cause an explosion’.
He added that the the device was intended to be detonated inside the HDI Arena which has a capacity of 45,000.
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