German Stadium Evacuated Ahead of Soccer Match with Netherlands

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(CNN) — The stadium in Hanover, Germany, was evacuated on Tuesday night before a Netherlands-Germany friendly soccer match because “there were serious plans for explosions,” the police chief for Germany’s Lower Saxony region told Germany’s public broadcaster NDR.

No reason was immediately given for the evacuation and the cancellation of the game.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and at least three other top government officials were expected to attend the match, Merkel’s office said.

The game had not yet started when the evacuation was ordered.

The incident comes four days after three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis during a soccer match between France and Germany. The bombers died in the explosions, as did one bystander. That was one of several terror attacks across the French capital Friday night that killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more.

France and England are still scheduled to play a friendly soccer match Tuesday night at London’s Wembley Stadium. Leading up to the game, London police increased their presence around the stadium and at several busy areas, such as transport hubs, across the British capital.

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