Terror warning shuts German rock festival on opening night

Authorities in Germany have evacuated a popular music festival due to information relating to a "possible terror threat".

"The background is concrete evidence based on which a possible terrorist threat can not be ruled out".

More than 75,000 fans were evacuated from the grounds at Nuernburgring after the festival organisers were informed of the threat by police.

"As safety is paramount, and it is necessary to exclude a threat to festival visitors in any case as far as possible, it was chose to suspend the festival for this day", police said. "This led to the event being interrupted today for security reasons".


We hope that the festival will continue tomorrow. "Please make your way to the exits".

"The public reacted fantastically", Mr Lieberberg said. Police and concert organizers in Nuerburg, Germany worked in close coordination to suspend the festival that drew in tens of thousands of fans.

Security had been heightened at the festival in the wake of the Manchester bomb attack.

The police presence had been expanded by 1200 officers.


Video posted Friday showed concert-goers peacefully walking off the festival grounds while singing and chanting.

The highlight of the first evening was supposed to have been a performance by the band Rammstein.

Festival organizers also noted that no decision had been made about the events taking place on Saturday.



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