Germany suffers bomb scare four days after Paris attacks

November 17, 2015
Rescue workers stand outside the stadium as the soccer friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

With Western Europe still on the defensive following the tragic  attack on France, Germany received a bomb scare when  an ambulance packed with explosives were discovered outside the German national stadium where a football match was scheduled to get under way.

Germany was to take on the Netherlands in an international friendly tonight.

The match has now been cancelled as terror chiefs assess the situation which comes just four days after the Paris terror attacks which left 129 dead on Friday.

Police report that the  'ambulance' was actually a truck disguised as an emergency vehicle.

Reports suggest it was found after authorities received "concrete information" about a bomb threat.

Pictures now emerging from the scene show a large vehicle being taken away on a low loader.

However it is not clear if the vehicle is the one suspected of being laden with explosives.

Local police reportedly told fans at the stadium: "Please go home quickly without panic," 90 minutes before play started.

Catering staff were reportedly told to leave without their coats, and journalists were refused entry into the stadium.

Trains away from the stadium have been cancelled, with fans being told to move on foot.

Many top German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were scheduled to attend the match to show they will not bow to terrorism.

It is understood Ms Merkel was on her way to the stadium when she heard about the discovery and was taken immediately to a safe zone.

Germany were playing France at the Stade de France on Friday when the stadium was targeted by terrorists as part of a series of coordinated attacks in Paris.

Three people died and several others were injured when two suicide attacks and a bombing occurred close to the national stadium during the friendly match on Friday night.

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