Paris attacks: Second stadium evacuated amid bomb fears

UPDATE: A SECOND stadium in Hannover has been evacuated, according to the Associated Press.

Music group Soehne Mannheims had been due to play.

Meanwhile, Bild is reporting that an ambulance and a rescue vehicle were being checked for explosives outside a stadium.

There have been no arrests, despite reports of police holding a man at gunpoint.

Reuters is reporting that no explosives were found in Hannover and no arrests have been made, according to a German official. 

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid by fans and players at the England v France match at Wembley tonight.

Screens inside the stadium displayed the words to La Marseillaise as fans joined in to sing the anthem, before a minutes' silence was observed ahead of the match.

The news comes as a friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled at short notice due to the serious threat of an attack at the stadium in Hanover, northern Germany.

"We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device in the stadium," Hanover police chief Volker Kluwe told German TV.

Referring to another bomb threat about an hour before that turned out to be a false alarm, Kluwe said, "After the first object turned out to be harmless, we got a tip that had to be taken seriously that an attack was being planned."

Spectators had just started entering the Hanover stadium when the evacuation order was given. The order affected mainly stadium staff, match workers, VIP guests, and media.

Members of the German Government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were scheduled to attend the match to send a signal that Germany wouldn't bow to terrorism in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks on Saturday, but had not arrived when the evacuation took place.

During the weekend terror attacks in Paris, Germany was playing France in a soccer friendly in the Stade de France when three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside, killing one bystander.

Announcements at the Hanover stadium advised people to go home in a calm manner, and that there was no danger. Most fans were still waiting outside when the order to evacuate came, about an hour and a half before kickoff.

There were no signs of panic, most fans seemingly accepting the decision with resignation. Police became more forceful with members of the media who attempted to stay beside the stadium.

The German side's press officer, Jens Grittner, said the team bus was redirected to a "safe place."

Security at the stadium was tight, Police armed with machine guns maintained an obvious presence in the city. Reporters arriving for the game were searched and a sniffer dog was deployed to check their bags.

A spokesperson for Lower Saxony Minster Stephan Weil told dpa that Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere would talk to local counterpart Boris Pistorius later when the background details would be given at a news conference.

The BBC has reported a second venue in Hanover - a music arena - has been evacuated due to a security alert.

The 14,000 capacity TUI Arena was due to host a concert by the band The Söhne Mannheims, the BBC reports.

Hanover police say they received a "concrete threat" about a bomb, German news agency DPA reports, citing police chief Volker Kluwe.

France carries out second night of air strikes

FRANCE has conducted a second night of air strikes against Isis targets after a series of terror attacks claimed by the group killed at least 129 people on Friday night. Here are the latest updates:

  • Hannover stadium evacuated after 'suspicious suitcase found'
  • A second fugitive is being sought in connection with the attacks
  • Three terror suspects have been arrested in Germany
  • Bombers' hotel rooms and flat have been searched by police
  • Two Belgians arrested for driving suspect out of Paris
  • Salah Abdeslam is still at large and visited Austria in September
  • French jets launch second night of air strikes on Isis targets
  • George Osborne warns Isis is plotting deadly cyber attacks
  • Doctors and nurses describe night of the attacks
  • Man carrying same 'fake' Syrian passport as bomber in Serbia
  • Isolation is fuelling young Muslims' anger in Paris
  • A man has written a defiant tribute to his murdered wife
  • Video of 'London Muslims celebrating attacks' is fake

The international match between Germany and the Netherlands has been called off by police at the Hannover stadium after a suspicous suitcase was discovered inside, it has been confirmed.

 A German police statement said: "The game has been cancelled. Please go straight home but stay calm".

Meanwhile, seven people arrested by German police in connection with the investigation into the Paris attacks have been released.

The arrests were made near the western city of Aachen, but an unidentified police official has been quoted by the dpa news agency as saying none of those detained were found to have links to the attacks.

French officials are reportedly seeking a second fugitive involved in the deadly attacks carried out in Paris last week that killed 129 people.

Three French officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity have said an analysis of the attacks in the capital on 13 November indicated that one person directly involved in the assault has been unaccounted for.

Second fugitive now being hunted

French officials are reportedly hunting for a second fugitive involved in last week's Paris attacks.

Three French officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity have said an analysis of the attacks in the capital on 13 November indicated that one person directly involved in the assault has been unaccounted for.

The person has not been identified.

Anonymous releases guide to catching extremists

Activist group Anonymous has released a guide to catching Isis extremists, claiming it has already found thousands of extremists online, Andrew Griffin writes.

The group's guide includes advice on how to shut down accounts and other activity, in addition to broader information on how to stay safe online. The guide is written in both French and English.

Meanwhile, Francois Hollande has scheduled separate meetings with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin to co-operate action between France, the US and Russia.

The French President will travel to Washington on 24 November and on to Moscow two days later.

Germany's foreign minister says his country will not take part in any air strikes against Isis in  Syria.

After talks with his Cypriot counterpart today, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that "it doesn't make sense if we add to the 16 nations which are carrying out air attacks" already.

Germany is providing weapons and military equipment to Kurdish fighters battling Isis in northern Iraq.

Australia issues warning about travel to Paris

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Australia is warning its citizens in the French capital and surroundings: "reconsider your need to travel".

The official travel advice from Canberra says "There is a high level of risk." Shock waves continue to radiate through France. Fears of a repeat attack are having a dramatic effect on travel patterns, with the French Ministry of Education cancelling all school trips until Sunday 22 November.

Threat at school in Germany

Police in Germany have responded to an alert at a school in Heidenheim, where three armed suspects have reportedly been arrested.

Officers say police have secured the Technische Schule Heidenheim and children are safe. The weapons they were armed with have not been confirmed.

French defy terror threats

French people are defying terror by sharing images of themselves on social media at bars, restaurants and cafes around France like those targeted by Isis gunmen on Friday.

Supporters are using the hashtags #JeSuisEnTerrasse (I'm on the terrace), #TousAuBistrot (eveyone to the bistro) and #OccupyTerrasse (Occupy Terrace)

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