Amsterdam airport suspect arrested after bomb threat

13th February 2012, Comments 0 comments

Dutch military police said they had arrested an unidentified man at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Monday for allegedly making a bomb threat leading to a security scare at Europe's fifth-largest airport.

"I can confirm a man has been arrested and that the situation is under control," military police spokesman Robert van Kapel told the NOS public television.

"The man locked himself in the toilets above departure hall one and two and was arrested after negotiations," he added.

Another police spokesman, Martijn Peelen, earlier told AFP gendarmes evacuated mid-morning air travellers and sealed off Schiphol's departure halls one and two at around 11.00 am (1000 GMT).

A witness told the NOS website a "confused-looking" man apparently ate a meal at the airport's outdoor viewing platform and then refused to pay, locking himself in a toilet and making the threat to passers-by.

Peelen confirmed the investigation would continue and could not say whether police indeed found a bomb.

Between 120,000 and 140,000 passengers pass through Schiphol daily.

Airport spokesman Geert van der Varst told AFP departing passengers and those who were evacuated from departure halls one and two, were leaving from halls three and four.

At least 30 flights were later listed as delayed on Schiphol's website.


© 2012 AFP

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