The incident comes just four days after attacks in Paris left 129 dead
A German stadium was evacuated Tuesday ahead of a friendly soccer match between the Netherlands and Germany because of “serious plans for explosions,” according to multiple reports.
“We have received concrete information that someone was planning to set off explosives inside the stadium,” Hanover’s chief of police, Volker Kluwe, told German news agency DPA, according to The Guardian.
The HDI-Arena was evacuated and the game was canceled about an hour and a half before kickoff, Sky News reports. The incident comes just four days after Friday’s terror attacks in Paris. Altogether, 129 died in Friday’s attacks, while another 352 were injured.
The stadium was largely empty when the call for evacuation came, with most fans still gathered outside. A statement later said fans should leave “quickly, but should go without panic back home. Please go in small groups back home, it’s better this way,” The Guardian reports.
Sky News reports that police cordoned off an area where a “suspicious object” was found.
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Top German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, had been set to attend the match, according to the Associated Press.