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Terror threat shuts down rock festival in Germany

By Dominic Harris

German authorities shut down a popular rock music festival last night because of a possible terrorist threat.

The Rock am Ring festival was cleared out on its opening night after Koblenz police said they had received information of a "concrete threat" to the event.

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.

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.

The Rock am Ring festival is now in its 30th year.

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