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Dutch airport evacuated after bomb threat

2012-02-13 13:26

Amsterdam - Airport police evacuated two terminals at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport on Monday after receiving a bomb threat, a spokesperson for the force said.

Officers evacuated two departure halls as they investigated the threat, said airport police spokesperson Martijn Beelen. He gave no further details of the threat.

"There was a bomb threat and as a precaution we have evacuated departure halls one and two," Beelen said in a telephone interview.

Beelen said he did not know if the threat had caused aircraft to be diverted. A spokesperson for the airport could not immediately be reached for comment.

Schiphol is one of Europe's busiest aviation hubs.

On Christmas Day, 2009, a Nigerian student managed to smuggle explosives onto a flight from Schiphol to Detroit after flying into Amsterdam from Lagos.

He has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up the Northwest Airlines aircraft by injecting chemicals into a package of pentrite explosive concealed in his underwear and is due to be sentenced on Thursday. He faces life imprisonment.

Comments
  • Thoka - 2012-02-13 14:00

    when are they gonna stop??????

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