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Rock am Ring festival: Thousands evacuated over 'terror threat'

Tens of thousands of festival goers have been evacuated from a rock festival in Germany amid a possible "terrorist threat".

Friday was the first day of the Rock am Ring music festival in Nurburg in west Germany.

The dpa news agency reported Friday that the festival was cleared out after Koblenz police said they had received information of a "concrete threat".

Organisers posted on the festival website that "due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival".

It was not immediately clear how many fans were in attendance, but some 90,000 were expected by the end of the weekend at the annual three-day event outside the western town of Nurburg.

A statement from the organisers reads: "Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival.

"We ask all festival visitors leave the festival site in a calm and controlled manner towards the exits and camping grounds. We have to support the police investigations."

The German band Rammstein was the Friday night headliner, but had not yet started playing.

Festival organisers say they hope to be able to go ahead with the programme on Saturday.

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