Terror suspects seized on KLM flight
German police arrest two terrorist suspects on a KLM flight bound for Amsterdam.26 September 2008
BERLIN -- German police arrested two terrorist suspects on an Amsterdam-bound flight early Friday before the plane took off from Cologne, police said.
A 23-year-old Somali man and a 24-year-old German born in Somalia were arrested before the KLM flight left the airport, North Rhine-Westphalia state police said.
A KLM spokeswoman said on NOS news in the Netherlands that police boarded the plane when it was at its "point of departure" and grabbed the two suspects.
Everyone was then forced to leave the plane, and there was a "baggage parade" to see whose bags belonged to whom, she said.
Germany's Bild newspaper, citing police sources, said the two were under observation for months and a suicide note was found in their apartment saying that they wanted to die for the "jihad" or "holy war".
[AP / Expatica]