Dutch police arrest suspect in terror plot

Dutch police arrest man suspected of preparing attack on a concert in Rotterdam.

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Dutch police on Thursday arrested a man and questioned him on suspicion of preparing an attack on a concert in Rotterdam by an American rock band, The Associated Press reported.

The 22-year-old man was being interrogated to determine exactly what his role was in the threat, police spokeswoman Svetlana Westermeijer said. No charges had been filed yet.

The arrest in a the town of Zevenbergen, south of Rotterdam, came hours after police canceled a performance Wednesday night by the Los Angeles band Allah-Las in Rotterdam due to a terror threat.

A bus with Spanish license plates and containing gas bottles was found near the concert hall where the concert was cancelled.

Police told the Dutch news agency ANP that the concert was canceled after a tip from Spanish police.

Spain has been under a heightened terror alert this past week following two car ramming attacks in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils. However, subsequent reports indicated the terror threat in Rotterdam was not directly connected to the attacks in Spain.

The man arrested Thursday is suspect of having been “involved in the preparation of a terrorist attack," Rotterdam Police Chief Frank Paauw said, according to AP.

"There is no terror threat now anymore," he added. "There is no threat because we have arrested a suspect and the information about the threat was so specific on the location of the event that, with that arrest, we can conclude that the threat is gone."

Police searched the man's home after his arrest but released no details of anything they found. His identity wasn't released, in line with Dutch privacy guidelines.

Security and Justice Minister Stef Blok, in an interview with BNR radio, suggested the suspect may only have spread the threat on a social media platform.

"The person who spread the message has been picked up and he will be questioned," Blok said in a reference to the man's arrest. "We are very curious to hear from him why he carried out this idiotic action."








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