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According to a report in the Sunday Independent,  the individuals responsible for the terror attack in London on Saturday June 3 this year had initially earmarked Dublin as their target.

It is understood that 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt and 31-year-old Rachid Redouan had considered the Irish capital as a possibility, with the paper reporting that the extremists had deliberated over particular landmarks in the capital.

“Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, who together with a third accomplice, were shot dead by police during the London Bridge attack carried out reconnaissance two years ago on a number of high-profile locations in Dublin that they had identified as potential targets,” reads the report.

It has been established that London became the terror target after those involved decided that Dublin would serve them in other ways.

It is understood that extremists believed that the Irish capital “would suit Isis better as a logistics base from where internet frauds could be carried out to raise funds.”

The terror attack in London at the beginning of June claimed the lives of eight people and injured dozens more.

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With security at heightened levels across Europe in the aftermath of the Paris killings, the HDI Arena in Hannover is currently being evacuated of spectators. 

The German national team – also caught up in the Stade du France explosions on Friday – were due to play The Netherlands in an international friendly game there.

A suspicious object was found before the game, and authorities in Germany, acting on intelligence information, have further reason to believe that the Hannover stadium might be the latest Isis terrorist target.

An official police announcement made in the stadium told football fans to "move away from the stadium. Do not stand still."

Kick-off was due to take place at 8.30pm local time [7.30pm Irish time]. 

Germany's decision to go ahead with their fixture against Holland was seen as an act of sporting defiance in the face of the atrocities in France.

Meanwhile, also tonight, France visit England at Wembley.

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