U2 concert canceled in Sweden because of security breach involving gun

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Possible gunman’ shuts down U2 concert in Stockholm.

STOCKHOLM: A U2 concert at Stockholm’s Globe Arena was cancelled Sunday evening after a gunman was believed to be in the crowd, according to police and media reports.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — U2 canceled a concert in Sweden’s capital after a security breach and police were investigating on Monday whether one of their own was to blame. The arena, the biggest spherical building in the world, was evacuated and thousands of fans were held outside for several hours after the show was called off just before its 8.15pm Sunday (2.15am Monday Malaysia) start time. Police declined to comment on Swedish media reports suggesting the incident was triggered by an off-duty police officer wrongly being allowed to enter the venue with a gun.

According to daily Aftonbladet, security guards had let a man carrying a firearm enter the building, who claimed he was an off-duty policeman. “I forgot to leave it at work,” he was quoted as saying by the paper. “We waited for three hours without knowing anything. A statement posted on U2’s website on Sunday says, “As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight’s show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September… We were told there was a problem with the metal detectors but that everything would be resolved soon,” Sofia Hartz, who drove five hours from southern Sweden to see Bono and the band, told AFP. Their safety is the priority.” According to the Swedish website Expressen, a police spokesman said that there are no suspects and no one has been arrested but that they were called to investigate a violation of the Arms Act.

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