Dutch police question airport terror suspect

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Dutch police Monday questioned a Somali-born British man who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism as he transited through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, prosecutors said.

"He is being questioned by Dutch authorities," said Evert Boerstra, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutor's office.

The suspect, arrested on Sunday, was due to appear before a judge on Wednesday for a ruling on whether he should be released or detained, Boerstra added.

He had arrived from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, northeastern England, and was arrested by Dutch police just as his flight for Uganda was about to take off.

Boerstra said police had been tipped off by British authorities.

On August 30, two Yemenis were arrested on suspicion of a terrorist plot upon arriving in Amsterdam from Chicago after American authorities found "suspicious items" in their baggage, including mobile phones taped together.

The pair were freed on September 1.

© 2010 AFP

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