Threat alerts issued by terrorists for Champions League matches

Uefa vows to carry out Champions League matches as per plan. — AFP/File
Uefa vows to carry out Champions League matches as per plan. — AFP/File

As the government ramped up preparation for the Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid, authorities in Spain beefed up security amid receiving threats from a terrorist group Daesh.

Officials issued a high alert and activated all the emergency response systems, according to the local reports from Spain.

Despite, the terror threat, Uefa reiterated the commitment to carry out the first leg of the Sky-Blues and the Whites as per plan.

The threat was launched Monday by the militant outfit against all the four stadiums that are hosting quarter-final matches this week, including Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, the Mirror reported.

Bayern Munich is hosted by Arsenal and Manchester City by Real Madrid for their first legs Tuesday.

Later on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund will be travelling to face off against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital city.

Similarly, Paris Saint Germain will host Barcelona in the French capital Paris.

According to the organization that spreads Daesh announcements, it issued a written message “Kill them all” alongside the names of the four stadiums hosting the Champions League matches.

“Uefa is aware of alleged terrorist threats made towards this week’s Uefa Champions League matches and is closely liaising with the authorities at the respective venues,” the statement said.

“All matches are planned to go ahead as scheduled with appropriate security arrangements in place.”

The threats were launched weeks after Daesh stormed Moscow’s Crocus City Concert Hall on March 22, killing at least 143 and injuring 200.

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