Police in Munich evacuated two major railways stations after warnings of a ‘serious, imminent’ Isis terror threat to the city’s New Year celebrations.
They’re now hunting for seven suspected suicide bombers – believed to be Syrians and Iraqis – with local radio station BR stating that more than 500 officers have been deployed to hunt down the Iraqi suicide cell.
This comes after authorities in the area told revellers to stay away from the city’s main train station and a second train station in the city’s Pasing neighbourhood overnight.
Speaking to reporters on Friday night, Bavaria’s Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, said that Munich’s police headquarters had received information that Isis was behind the threat.
There is the danger of an attack in the area of munich, please keep away from crowds, avoid the central station and the rail station pasing.
— Polizei München (@PolizeiMuenchen) December 31, 2015
The terrifying warning came only hours before the city was to celebrate the new year. Despite police warnings, thousands of people descended on to the streets of the city at midnight to welcome 2016 with a fireworks display.
These stations have re-opened as normal this morning.
#Munich Central Station and the railway station Pasing are meanwhile open again. We will remain on site and keep our eyes open.
— Polizei München (@PolizeiMuenchen) January 1, 2016
A police spokeswoman said the tip-off about a planned Isis suicide bombing had come from the French secret service.
This comes after Paris decided to ditch its traditional fireworks display and instead a play a five minute video performance at the Arc de Triumphe moments before midnight.
Cities across Europe have been on their guard since the terror attack in Paris killed 130 people in November, with Paris and Brussels cancelling their planned fireworks displays over fears of similar attacks.