French officials confirm another suspect on the run, German stadium evacuated amid bomb scare

French officials confirm another suspect on the run, German stadium evacuated amid bomb scare

-NRN/Reuters

French authorities are now hunting at least one additional attacker from Friday’s Paris shootings after surveillance video showed three men in a car used for an assault on restaurants and bars.

“Three men were in the black Seat used to fire on the bar terraces and restaurants,” a judicial source said.

One man from the car, Salah Abdeslam is already being sought by police.

His brother Brahim, who was also in the car, blew himself up at the scene, but police are yet to identify the third man they spotted in the video.

“He is therefore being sought,” a second source close to the investigation said.

Seven gunmen and suicide bombers died in the attacks which killed at least 129 people in total in shootings and suicide bombings at the bars and cafes, suicide bombings at the Stade de France soccer stadium, and a machine gun slaughter at the Bataclan music hall.

Islamic State, the militant Islamist group that claimed the attacks, said it sent eight men on their mission but the news overnight suggest there were nine.

FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS CANCELLED DUE TO BOMB SCARE

A soccer game between Germany and Netherlands, which German Chancellor Angel Merkel was due to attend in Hanover, was called off two hours before its scheduled start this morning, over fears of a planned bombing.

The match was due to have been held four days after deadly attacks in Paris on Friday, when suicide bombers targeted the soccer stadium where Germany were playing France.

“We had received specific indications that an attack with explosives was planned,” Hanover Police President Volker Kluwe told NDR state broadcaster.

“We took them seriously and that is why we took the measures.”

Police vans with loudspeakers ordered fans to leave the Hanover stadium and heavily armed officers positioned themselves outside the arena.

Police also evacuated Hanover’s TUI multi-purpose arena where a concert was about to start.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the threat was credible and cancelling the game was the right thing to do, but did not provide any details.

“I understand the question but I will not answer it,” he told a hastily convened news conference when asked what had forced the decision. He said divulging details could undermine security at other events.

“We will have such cases in the future, maybe not Hanover but somewhere else,” he said.

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