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New Year at Amsterdam airport starts with bomb threat

The Amsterdam Schiphol airport departure hall was temporarily evacuated due to bomb threat.

Published: January 1, 2019, 7:21 am

    Amsterdam

    De Telegraaf reported that on Monday evening security responded to a bomb threat in Departure Hall 3 at Schiphol.

    The Marechaussee [Dutch military police] temporarily evacuated the hall and its immediate environs as a precaution, according to a statement by the Marechaussee. The suspect was taken away, witnesses report.

    The entire situation lasted about a half an hour. According to the Marechaussee, the situation is under control as the suspect was overpowered.

    A Marechaussee spokesperson said no force was used in the arrest. The departure hall has been re-opened. The arrested suspect is a 51-year-old Canadian. No explosives were found. He is being held for further investigation.

    According to bystanders the man is alleged to have shouted “Allahu Akhbar!” and screamed that he had a bomb.

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