Possible terror suspect arrested in Amsterdam

19th September 2010, Comments 0 comments


A British national of Somali origin has been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Media reports say the man may have connections with a foreign terror group, possibly Somalia's al-Shabab.

The man was travelling from Liverpool, via Schiphol Airport, to Entebbe, Uganda. He had already boarded his plane when he was arrested by military police.

The Netherlands' investigative police is refusing to comment while it is probing the incident.

New hotbeds Al-Shabab claims it has close ties with al-Qaeda. The head of the British secret service MI5, Jonathan Evans, said on Thursday that al-Qaeda appears to find its new recruits in Yemen and Somalia, rather than Pakistan. The anti-terror measures implemented by the Islamabad government appear to be effective. According to Mr Evans, the threat from Pakistan has halved. Yemen and Somalia seem to be the new hotbeds of terror.

The Sunday capture of the Brit in Amsterdam is the second such arrest in three weeks. Last month two Yemeni men from the US were arrested on suspicion of preparing a terror attack. Dutch airport police was acting on a tip-off by the US authorities. After a couple of days it became evident that there were no grounds to hold the men any longer and they were released.  


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