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U2 concert cancelled at last minute after ‘gunman threat’

Rock band forced to cancel Stockholm gig, with unofficial reports claiming that a gunman had entered the arena pretending to be a police officer

21 September 2015, 3:04pm
Rock band U2 were forced to postpone a gig in Sweden due to a 'breach of security'
Rock band U2 were forced to postpone a gig in Sweden due to a 'breach of security'
World-famous rock band U2 were forced to postpone a concert in Stockholm on Sunday night, just 15 minutes before it was supposed to start, following a security threat.

The Irish band were scheduled to perform at the Globe Arena on Sunday evening as part of its ‘Innocence + Experience’ tour, but the venue was evacuated at around 8pm.

Pictures from the scene show

Pictures from the scene show a strong police presence and unofficial reports suggest that a gunman had entered the arena pretending to be an off-duty police officer. The gunman had reportedly concealed the weapon in his bumbag and had explained to security officials that he had forgot to leave it in his office.

Official reports however currently refer only to a “security breach” and Swedish news portal Expressen quoted a police spokesman as saying that an investigation is underway, but that there are no suspects.

U2 later released a statement on their official website, referring ot the incident as a “security breach” and confirming that the gig has been rescheduled for tomorrow, 22 September. 

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