Woman arrested in Amsterdam bomb hoax

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The woman is suspected of making a hoax phone call to the police about a terrorist bomb threat in Amsterdam’s south-east neighbourhood in March.

THE HAGUE – Dutch police Monday arrested a woman of Moroccan descent over a terror scare that forced dozens of shops closed in the capital Amsterdam for a whole day in March.

The 48-year-old woman is suspected of "involvement in an anonymous telephone threat on 11 March about a planned terrorist attack on Amsterdam the following day", said a statement by the prosecution service.

She will appear in court in Amsterdam on Thursday, according to news agency ANP.

It was not known if the woman whom police said was in Brussels on the day of the call, was a Dutch citizen.

In March, police received a call from Brussels warning of three men planning to carry out "an attack with explosives" in Amsterdam’s south-east neighbourhood. The caller claimed a white van with three men was on its way to the capital from Spain to plant explosives.

Upon investigations, police arrested and later released seven people aged between 19 and 64, all of them with dual Dutch and Moroccan citizenship.

The call sparked a major security operation but no explosives were found. Dozens of stores and a movie theatre were prevented from opening for the day, and a concert by American band The Killers was postponed.

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