Schiphol Terminal Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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Schiphol Terminal Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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Schiphol Terminal Evacuated After Bomb Threat

By Ofonime Essien

Schiphol Airport

A British man was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after shouting to other passengers that he had a bomb, Dutch police have said.

Several check in desks were shut and passengers evacuated yesterday morning after the man, 29, who has not been named, made the bomb threat.

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A photo posted online showed him lying face down on the airport floor, arms and legs spread, as an armed policeman aimed his rifle at him.

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Another picture, posted on Twitter, showed the man being led away by the police.

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The man, who wore dark blue jeans, a grey top and a hat, was immediately arrested. He was searched but no explosives were found and the terminal reopened a short time later.

One Twitter user said he heard gun shots being fired but those reports were never confirmed by police.

Muhammad Syafiee wrote: ‘Schiphol Airport on lockdown after some scare or alleged gunshots were heard. We actually ran for our lives.’

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Another man, who took the photo of him being taken away by police, wrote: ‘Getting evacuated in the airport cause of this nutjob.’

Eric Vermeulen, a member of the Dutch Royal Military Police, searched the arrested man’s luggage with police dogs but did not find anything suspicious or harmful. He confirmed the 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat.

He told MailOnline: ‘We think he was a passenger at the airport. He made a bomb threat which the other passengers heard, and warned the military police at the airport.

‘What we know for now is, he was talking very loudly that he had a bomb. What we want to know now is what he exactly said, so we are going to have to interview the other passengers.

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‘He is in custody at the moment. It is a big crime to announce things like this. Once we have finished our investigation, then will talk about contacting the prosecutor.

‘The impact [of his threats] was big. All of the check-ins were opened at the time of the incident… We had to close the whole sector. ‘He added: ‘We have to speak to him to find out his motives.’

Schiphol is the main international airport in the Netherlands and is around five miles outside Amsterdam.

Source: Daily Mail

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