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U2 concert in Sweden is axed after man seen with a gun

By AP Reporter

Published 22/09/2015

U2 were forced to cancel a concert in Sweden after a security breach prompted police to evacuate the Globe Arena in Stockholm
U2 were forced to cancel a concert in Sweden after a security breach prompted police to evacuate the Globe Arena in Stockholm

U2 were forced to cancel a concert in Sweden after a security breach prompted police to evacuate the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Police said they stopped the event on Sunday night due to a security problem as spectators entered the arena.

They did not specify the reason, but said they had started an investigation regarding a possible weapons violation.

No one was arrested.

In a statement on U2's home page, the organisers said the show was rescheduled for Tuesday. They apologised for the inconvenience and said the audience's safety was paramount.

"We apologise for the inconvenience and hope for understanding from fans. Safety is our top priority," said Live Nation in a statement.

Swedish media later reported that the suspected gunman had been identified as a police officer.

According to Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper, the alert started when security staff were made aware that a man with a gun had been let into the arena after showing the weapon at the security checks.

The tabloid reported that the man had been allowed to enter the arena in southern Stockholm after claiming he was an off-duty police officer and had forgotten to leave his gun at work.

The Swedish media reported later on Monday that an officer was to face an internal inquiry over the incident.

Jan Friberg of the police internal investigation unit told The Local website he had received a report which had been handed on to the investigating team.

"It could be that there has been some form of mistake," he told Aftonbladet earlier.

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