Dutch police make second arrest following tip-off about terror threat

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Dutch police make second arrest following tip-off about terror threat

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Dutch police have made a second arrest following a Spanish tip-off about a possible terrorist threat.

The information related to a concert by rock-band Allah-Las that was due to take place in Rotterdam, but which was subsequently cancelled.

The city’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said “the information from the Spanish police said there was a attack planned on a concert by an American band in the Maassilo concert hall. The band is called the Allah-Las. It’s a strange name, but just a rock band. And that information was so serious that the police consulted with the organisers.”

The rock group claims to have received numerous messages from Muslims offended by the use of the word Allah in its name.

The suspect

Police took a 22-year old man into custody following raids in the Brabant district. He is being questioned in connection with the supposed plot.

Suspicious van

The first arrest was made when security forces cordoned off a van containining gas canisters parked near the concert venue. The Spanish driver was detained for questioning, but it subsequently emerged that he had no link whatsoever to the threat.

No link to Catalonia

Dutch police have said the incident is not thought to be linked to the attacks in Catalonia last week that followed a blast at a house full of gas canisters where the jihadists had reportedly preparing explosives.