Late last year, it emerged that terrorists had intended to detonate three bombs inside the HDI Arena in Hanover, although German security agents were able to thwart the attack after being tipped off by the French authorities, with the football match between Germany and the Netherlands cancelled at the last minute.
According to the Guardian, the game was due to be attended by government ministers and chancellor Angela Merkel, but the stadium was evacuated an hour and a half before the match was set to begin.
Speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, a security official confirmed that no arrests have yet been made and no explosives have been found, although German police are now searching for the suspects.
He was quoted as saying: “Many of the terrorists who committed the attack in France were natives, and many were Syrian returnees. Both of those are true of many radical Islamists in Germany. For that reason, there is a great danger that we could experience a similar attack here.”
Businesses and homeowners would perhaps be wise to look at how they can protect their premises and members of staff in the event of a terrorist attack, which sadly these days is a very real threat that we all face on a daily basis.
One way of doing so would be to invest in bomb blast window film or similar products, which can be attached to windows in order to mitigate the risk of flying glass in the event that a bomb does go off. If you’d like to find out more about this kind of window film, call us at Solartek today.
Solartek Films can carry out a full glazing audit in order to advise what glazing within your stadiums will benefit from having optically clear blast mitigation film and edge retention systems installed on glass that does not meet UK government recommendations for blast protection.
While we should all be investing in Preventative measures, the fact that 90 per cent of fatalities, injury & damage is caused by flying glass blast mitigation film should be at the top of every protection priority.
In video: Here’s what happens to toughened glass in the event of a bomb blast or similar.