Rock am Ring festival resumes in Germany after 'terrorism' scare


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The main stage area at Rock am Ring was empty on Saturday morning

One of Germany’s biggest music festivals is to resume a day after the site had to be evacuated because of a “potential terrorist threat”.

The organisers of Rock am Ring said intensive searches had been carried out by police and that performances would resume early on Saturday afternoon.

About 90,000 people are expected to attend the event near the Nürburgring race track, which ends on Sunday.

Last month, a suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester killed 22 people.

German police said the bombing had led to changes in planning for Rock am Ring, with the number of security officials increased substantially to 1,200.

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Fans were forced to wait for news about the festival in the camp site

Fans had been hoping to see German rock giants Rammstein at the Nürburg Arena on Friday when they were asked to leave in a “calm and controlled” way.

Police in the nearby city of Koblenz said they had ordered a temporary halt to the festival as a precaution after receiving “a concrete warning that made it impossible to rule out a terror threat”, but provided no details.

On Saturday morning, the festival’s organisers announced it would “go on”.

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Security had already been stepped up in the wake of the Manchester bombing

“After intensive searches and sweeps of the complete festival site by the police, the suspicion of a potential terrorist threat has not been confirmed,” a statement said.

“Set-up for day 2 of Rock am Ring has commenced and the programme is going to be resumed in the early afternoon. The incredibly disciplined fans deserve all our respect and gratitude.”

Last year, Rock am Ring’s final day was cancelled after lightning strikes injured dozens of people.

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