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Suspect arrested over 'bomb threat' at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

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The aircraft at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was being searched.
The aircraft at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was being searched.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis - FILE 2014
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A suspect has been arrested over a "bomb threat" at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.

The Marechausseelater, the Dutch military police, confirmed that "no items were found" after a search and all areas of the airport are now accessible.

The authority had earlier stated that they were investigating a "suspicious situation on board an aircraft", shortly after 15.00 (CET).

Passengers were evacuated from the plane, while part of Pier D at the airport had remained closed during the investigation.

The Marechausseelater said on social media that a suspect had been arrested in Haarlem, a city west of Amsterdam, without giving further details.

Schiphol Airport also confirmed that a "possible security incident" was underway, as some witnesses reported armed police at the scene.

Last year, a security scare at the airport was caused when an Air Europa pilot accidentally triggered an alarm, suggesting that a hijacking was taking place on a plane.