Thursday, November 19, 2015

Germany terror alert: Horrific Hanover plot to let off 'several bombs' inside stadium revealed in secret documents

Police forces secure an entrance of the the HDI-Arena
Evacuation: The HDI Arena was cleared following the alert
The full horror of a planned terrorist attack on a football stadium in Hanover have been revealed in secret security documents.
German newspaper Bild claims to have obtained secret documents passed between security services which triggered the terror alert.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior was handed a memo warning multiple explosions were planned inside the stadium after kick-off.

Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty ImagesEmergency service staff leave the stadium after the cancellation of the International friendly match between Germany and The Netherlands at the AWD Arena
Suspicious: An ambulance is combed by emergency crews
Vehicle removed from Hanover's HDI Arena
Plot: Terrorists were reportedly set to use an ambulance in the attack
Bild reports the explosives were to be smuggled inside the stadium using an ambulance.
A group of several extremists also planned to film the attack as the horror unfolded.
Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty ImagesPolice forces walk in front of the evacuated HDI Arena
Response: Armed police were called to the scene
Further blasts were also planned in the heart of the city and at Hanover Railway Station.
An ambulance was seized as police swooped on the stadium but no explosives were found in the area.
The intelligence was said to have been received from a foreign intelligence service.
Sources suggest the attack had been planned by a North African terror cell.
The match was cancelled just four days after the Paris terror attacks left 129 dead on Friday.
ReutersSupporters leave the stadium after the match was called off by police
Cleared: Supporters leave the stadium after the match was called off by police
GettyPolice evacuate the HDI Arena prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands.
Emergency: Plans for the fixture were scrapped
The German national team was taken to a secure area of ​​the HDI Arena in Hanover and had not entered the pitch.
“There were plans for some kind of explosion,” Hanover’s chief of police, Volker Kluwe, told the BBC.
Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty ImagesA police man protects the evacuated HDI Arena
Security: An officer protects the evacuated HDI Arena
ReutersPolice road block after suspect item outside the stadium
Cordon: The area was sealed off following the intelligence
He added: "We assume that this threat is serious, and we cannot guess whatt the attackers will do instead.
“You don’t know what a perpetrator is possibly planning. Don’t stay in groups. Find safety.”
Music fans were evacuated from the TUI-Arena where German pop group The Söhne Mannheims were due to play the same evening.