Germany v Netherlands friendly abandoned
Fans stream out of Hanover's HDI-Arena following the abandonment of Germany's international friendly against the Netherlands due to security fears.
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A friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands has been called off less than 90 minutes before the scheduled kick off and the stadium evacuated after fears of a bomb being planted nearby.
But authorities were reporting that no explosives had been found, though the investigation was ongoing.
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Hanover Police President Volker Kluwe said there had been "specific indications" of a planned attack with explosives at the game, to be held in the German host city Hanover.
"We had received specific indications that an attack with explosives was planned," Kluwe told NDR state broadcaster.
"We took them seriously and that is why we took the measures."
Initial reports suggested a suspicious suitcase was discovered. However, German broadcaster DW tweeted that, according to local reports, police may have discovered a truck bomb disguised as an ambulance.
But Lower Saxony interior minister Boris Pistorius said that, contrary to some reports, no explosives had been found. The investigation in Hanover is continuing, and no arrests have been made.
Mr Pistorius said rumours of an explosives-packed ambulance could not be confirmed.
Police in Hanover have also closed parts of the city's central train station, according to DW, while a music venue in Hanover, TUI Arena, was also evacuated. The arena was due to host a concert by German band The Söhne Mannheims. The concert later went ahead, according to reports.
The soccer match was meant to be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of her Cabinet in a show of solidarity following the Paris terror attacks.
The game at the HDI Arena, set to start on Tuesday evening local time (Wednesday morning AEDT), has been called off, a spokeswoman for the Hanover police said by phone.
Spectators already inside the stadium were asked to leave, a police spokesman and a Lower Saxony interior ministry official said.
BREAKING: Reports that German police have discovered a truck bomb disguised as an ambulance near football stadium in Hanover. #GERNED— DW Sports (@dw_sports) November 17, 2015
Soccer fans who had arrived at the stadium were asked to leave "in groups of three and stay out of town", one person told the BBC.
"Just before the stadium, they announced that there was a serious threat about a package they found," Dutch football fan Frank told the BBC.
"Then they said everybody had to be calm and they asked us, the Dutch fans, to go slowly away in groups of three and also to stay out of town. An announcement there is some threat in town also."
The German Soccer Association voted unanimously on Sunday to hold the exhibition match as planned.
The world champions had initially not wanted the game to go ahead after having played against France in Paris on Friday as a wave of attacks hit the city, killing 129 people.
BREAKING: Police in Hanover have closed a section of the city's central train station as another object has been discovered." #GERNED— DW Sports (@dw_sports) November 17, 2015
Three of the attackers, who struck simultaneously in seven locations in the French capital, blew themselves up outside Stade de France. French President Francois Hollande and German Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier were among the crowd of 80,000 watching the game.
The contingent of 80 Germans, including players, coaches and staff, then spent the night holed up in the changing rooms of the Stade de France stadium as the attacks took place across the capital, before leaving straight for the airport on Saturday morning.
But the players, coaches as well as the national football association then decided to go ahead with the game in a show of unity with the French.