All clear given after Dutch train evacuation scare

All clear given after Dutch train evacuation scare
Copyright Etienne Hauber via Storyful
By Stephanie Burnett
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Police evacuated and searched an international train travelling from Amsterdam to Germany after reports suggested a 'dangerous situation'.


An international train carrying 85 passengers was evacuated near Oldenzaal, Netherlands, after emergency teams responded to a "suspicious situation" on Thursday.

Later, police said that after a full search and investigation the situation had been "declared safe".

A statement said the police received information late in the morning about a letter found at a railway station in Amsterdam. It suggested that "there might have been a dangerous situation" concerning an international train travelling from Amsterdam to Germany.

The train was evacuated, with 85 passengers taken off and looked after in a nearby hospital. The surrounding area was sealed off, while Oldenzaal Police said police dogs boarded the train to search for suspicious items.

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The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, which monitors national security, was also brought in to investigate. 

Police on Twitter said, "Police are investigating a suspicious situation in a train ... As a precaution, all travellers from the train were evacuated. We are investigating what exactly is going on."

The subsequent police statement said that the investigation revealed "there was no question of a dangerous situation. The passengers were able to continue their journey on buses".

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