Terrorist Attack Reportedly Foiled At Germany’s Hannover Stadium
A suspected terrorist plot is thought to have been foiled in Germany yesterday night after a series of bomb scares rocked Hannover.
French intelligence officials are reported to have warned their German counterparts about a potential attack, sparking a string of security alerts this evening.
The spooks told German authorities that the terrorists might strike using an explosives-laden vehicle with official access to the football stadium, such as an ambulance, TV crew van or security patrol car, reports Die Welt.
According to German newspaper Bild, a North African terror cell was planning to attack Hannover with assault rifles and suicide vests – chillingly similar to the methods used in Paris on Friday which killed 129.
They also reported an Iraqi ‘sleeper agent’ may have planned the attack.
Local newspaper Kreiszeitung reported a vehicle disguised as an ambulance and packed with explosives had been discovered parked outside Hannover stadium as Germany prepared to take on the Netherlands.
Shortly after a concert venue, also in Hannover was evacuated as police ramped up security and part of Hannover’s main railway station was closed due to a police investigation.
German media reported that the country’s Minister of Interior Thomas de Meizere refused answer questions about the terror attack saying: “Some of these answers would unsettle the population.”
The events kicked off after German authorities said they received “concrete information” about a bomb threat at the HDI Arena leading to the international friendly being cancelled.
The arena was evacuated after a suspected suspect package was found.