Dutch police arrest two after concert terror threat tip-off

Police investigate a van with Spanish licence plates containing gas canisters which was found near a Rotterdam venue where a rock concert was cancelled.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Dutch police said Thursday they had arrested another man after cancelling a Rotterdam concert by a US rock band following a tip-off about a possible terror threat.

The man was detained before dawn in the Brabant region, police said in a statement, adding that the driver of a van with Spanish plates carrying gas canisters, who was detained late Wednesday in Rotterdam, also remained in custody.

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The arrests came after last week's twin vehicle attacks in Spain that killed 15 people, which were claimed by the Islamic State group.

"A 22-year-old man from Brabant was arrested Thursday morning in the investigation into a terrorist threat Wednesday evening in Rotterdam," police said in a statement.

It was the second arrest after that of the Spanish van driver who was detained only hours after officials cancelled a concert by Californian rock group Allah-Las.

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The driver, who was "possibly driving under the influence", was "arrested because of his driving", police said, adding that officers had found a "number of gas canisters" in his van.

The man, whom police said was a mechanic, will be interviewed again Thursday.

But Dutch authorities cautioned there may be no link between the van driver and the tip-off about a terror threat which came from Spanish police.

Concerts have previously been targeted by Islamic State.

In May this year, 22 people were killed at a pop concert in Manchester, England while 55 people died in a terror attack at a rock concert in Paris, France in November 2015. 

AFP

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