AN IMMINENT militant threat saw police evacuate Munich’s main train station just before the bells struck midnight on December 31 with officers now searching for a number of Daesh linked suicide bombers.
A “friendly foreign intelligence” agency, identified in local press as French, is said to have been behind the information which led to the closure of Hauptbahnhof and Passing stations and the deployment of over five hundred special officers.
Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann said “The threat was very concretely set on midnight and at these two places” and compared the situation to the cancellation of a football match in November, citing that in both cases the intelligence has been strong, regardless of whether any attack occured.
Authorities across Europe maintained a high security presence as New Year’s Eve celebrations swept across the continent.
In Brussels, planned events were canceled altogether following the arrest of three militants over an alleged plot to carry out an attack.
Both Munich train stations reopened at approximately 4am but there will remain a sizeable police presence in the city over the coming days.