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Munich 'plot' shows Europe must be alert to threats in 2016

German police have defended restricting Munich's New Years Eve celebrations over intelligence that suggested a terrorist attack was imminent.

But while no attack occurred, the suggestion is that going into 2016 Europeans will need to get used to heightened security alerts.

Video report by ITV News correspondent Paul Davies.

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Munich reopens railway stations after terror alert

Two railway stations in Munich have reopened after being evacuated over reports of a planned terror attack in the city involving several suicide bombers.

Police stand watch at Munich's main railway station Credit: Reuters

Police in the German city had warned of a "serious, imminent threat" and asked people to stay away from two railway stations in the city's Pasing neighborhood, including the city's main terminal.

Munich police president Hubertus Andrae said German authorities had been tipped off by a foreign intelligence service that Islamic State was planning attacks involving between five and seven suicide bombers, the German news agency dpa reported.

The city's police later tweeted to let people know the stations had reopened without incident, thanking the public for their cooperation.

No arrests have been reported.

Munich police tipped off about 'multiple suicide bombers'

German police secure the main railway station in Munich. Credit: Reuters

Terrorists from so-called Islamic State were suspected to have planned suicide attacks in Munich on New Year's Eve, German authorities have said.

Police in Munich early warned of a "serious, imminent threat" and asked people to stay away from the city's main train station and a second train station in the city's Pasing neighborhood.

Munich police president Hubertus Andrae said German authorities had been tipped off by a foreign intelligence service that IS was planning attacks with five to seven suicide bombers, the German news agency dpa reported.

There were no arrests initially reported.

Munich police warn of 'planned terror attack'

Munich police have tweeted that there are indications of a planned terror attack in the city and have requested people avoid crowds and train stations.

Armed police stand guard at a railway station in Munich. Credit: RTV

Two train stations in the city appear to have been evacuated.

A police cordon outside a railway station in Munich. Credit: RTV

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Germany v Netherlands cancelled after 'bomb threat'

Police block the road after a suspect item is found. Credit: Reuters

The HDI Arena in Hannover, which was due to host Germany's international football friendly with the Netherlands, has been evacuated and the game cancelled.

Police have also blocked the road outside the ground after a suspicious suitcase was discovered nearby.

Despite earlier reports of a bomb threat, the German Interior Minister said in a press conference that no explosives had been found and no arrests made.

The stadium announcement was made after some fans had already entered the ground.

One supporter described "lots of commotion" outside the stadium following the evacuation.

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