Germany: Rock am Ring festival evacuated due to terror threat
Rock am Ring festival in western Germany has been evacuated due to a “terrorist threat“, the organisers have announced.
Fans hoping to see German rock giants Rammstein streamed out of the Nuerburg arena after organisers asked them to leave in a “calm and controlled” fashion. “Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival,” they said.
Approximately 85,000 people were expected to visit the three-day festival.
Organisers said in a Facebook post they hoped the festival would resume on Saturday.
Police in the nearby city of Koblenz said in a statement (in German) the festival had been halted “due to concrete indications of a possible terrorist threat”.
In light of the attack in Manchester, it added, security at this year’s festival had already been boosted, with some 1,200 personnel on duty.