Police shut German rock festival on opening night over terror threat

GERMAN PRESS AGENCY - DPA
BERLIN
Published 02.06.2017 23:04
Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (Dpa via AP)
Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (Dpa via AP)

Police have halted the popular "Rock am Ring" festival in western Germany over a "terrorist threat situation" and have asked attendees to clear the festival site so that an investigation can take place, event organizers said in a statement on Friday.

The rock festival in the western German town of Nuerburg is usually visited by tens of thousands of rock fans and takes place over a long holiday weekend.

"Because of a terrorist threat situation, the police have asked the organizers of 'Rock am Ring' to interrupt the festival temporarily as a precautionary measure, also so that they can carry out investigations in the event space," the statement said.

"All visitors are requested to leave the festival site in a controlled and quiet manner and make for the exits and camping sites."

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