News has emerged that one of the largest rock festivals in Germany has been evacuated to concerns over a possible terror-related attack.
As the ABC reports, festival organisers have announced that they were temporarily interrupting the event as a precautionary measure upon advice from authorities. A statement from police in the nearby German town of Koblenz explained that, “due to a terror danger situation, we told the organiser to temporarily stop the concert as a precaution.”
“The organiser of Rock am Ring, working closely with the security authorities, have ended ahead of schedule,” the official statement continues. “The background to this was a concrete warning that made it impossible to rule out a terror threat.”
The event, which features such bands this year as System Of A Down, Sum 41, The Living End, and Airbourne, is one of the largest music festivals in Germany. Held near the city of Nuerburg, Rock Am Ring annually attracts close to 100,000 music-lovers, and has boosted the festival to high international acclaim.
Following on from the recent attacks at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, responses like this are to be expected as police and other officials treat any credible threat of terrorism seriously. At this stage, there have no been no reports of injuries stemming from these threats, and we can only hope it remains that way.