Alert halts train in Leiden

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22 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — A train was evacuated at Leiden station on Wednesday morning after a passenger alerted the conductor to a piece of "abandoned" baggage at approximately 8am.

22 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — A train was evacuated at Leiden station on Wednesday morning after a passenger alerted the conductor to a piece of "abandoned" baggage at approximately 8am.

The train was moved to one side just outside the station and a bomb disposal team was called in. Special scanning equipment was used to confirm the contents of the suspect baggage were harmless, police said.

The incident did not disrupt other trains travelling via Leiden.

While there have been several alerts on Dutch trains in recent years no bombs have been found.

Nevertheless, the office of the National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism (NCTb) lists the threat of terrorism in the Netherlands as 'substantial'. The NCTb says on its website there is a realistic possibility that the Netherlands will experience a terrorist attack.

Viewed in ascending order, the current 'substantial' threat level is the third of four general threat levels: minimal, limited, substantial and critical. "In view of the dynamics of national and international developments, it is unlikely that the general threat level will be lowered in the short term," the NCTb says.

The Dutch government launched a national publicity campaign last November to ask the public to remain vigilant, particularly when using the public transport system.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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