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Police Halt Music Festival in Germany Over Possible Terrorist Threat

BERLIN — The police ordered tens of thousands of fans to leave one of Germany’s biggest rock festivals late Friday, saying it was necessary to call for the evacuation because of an unspecified terrorist threat.

Fans had gathered at the fabled Nürburgring racetrack complex in western Germany for a three-day rock festival, Rock am Ring, featuring some of the country’s top rock bands. About 60,000 people were at the site on Friday night when organizers announced the early shutdown, the police said.

“A possible terrorist threat cannot be excluded,” the police in nearby Koblenz said in a statement. “Investigations are ongoing at a top level. But we cannot say anything exact about the background right now.”

The security arrangements at the festival had been overhauled in recent days, “with a view to the recent attack on a concert in Manchester,” the police said, referring to the bombing last month in Britain.

Earlier in the day, German television showed police officers removing manhole covers and checking the festival premises with great care. The number of officers present was increased to 1,200, the police said.

“We are taking all tips and all suspicious circumstances very seriously,” the police statement said.

Source: NYT > World

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