False rumour closes Alcatraz concert venue.
In the wake of the Paris outrage and the lock-down in Brussels this weekend, a rumour of an attack on a Milan nightclub led to the cancellation of a sold-out rock concert Sunday 22 November.
Popular concert venue Alcatraz was to host a gig by Las Vegas-based heavy metal band Five Fingers Death Punch. But on Saturday a warned circulated, apparently from the political activist group Anonymous, which recently launched a cyber-campaign against ISIS.
The advisory warned that a number of public events in the US, Lebanon and Indonesia – along with the Milan gig – were to be attacked on Sunday by the terrorist organisation which perpetrated the massacre at the Bataclan in Paris in 13 November.
However within a few hours Anonymous explained that the warning had been published by a small sub-group of the organisation based in Paris, called OpParisIntel, and the parent site denied that the warning was reliable.
“We did not spread any rumors about possible future ISIS attacks, and frankly, we do not know where the rumors come from,” tweeted Anonymous.
However the rock band had already announced on its own site that tit was cancelling the gig and was postponing the show to a later date.