NUERBURG – A terrorist threat prompted the evacuation of thousands of concertgoers from a rock festival held in an auto racing track in this German town yesterday.
Koblenz police said in a statement: “The organizers of Rock am Ring in close coordination with police have suspended the festival for today. This is based on concrete evidence of a possible terror threat. Investigations are currently underway.”
“Because of the last attack on a concert in Manchester, the security concept for Rock am Ring was modified in advance and the number of security officers was significantly increased to around 1,200. … Since a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately,” the police also said.
To recall, a suicide bomber identified as British national Salman Abedi detonated himself outside the Manchester Arena just after a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at the stadium killing 22 people and wounding 59 others.
A German journalist told CNN that the evacuation was conducted smoothly. “There was no fear of panic,” said Nathalie Muckoff, a reporter of a local newspaper.
Videos showed the concertgoers leaving the venue while singing and chanting. The music festival’s organizers hope to continue the concert today. GAC/Expat Media
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