Amsterdam airport evacuated after bomb threat

February 13, 2012 12:47 pm


Departures area at Schiphol Airport/AFP
THE HAGUE, Feb 13 – Police evacuated two terminals at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest, on Monday after receiving a bomb threat.

“The investigation is about a man who told passers-by that he had a bomb with him,” military police spokesman Robert van Kapel told the NOS public broadcaster.

“I cannot say how serious it is,” he added.

The NOS quoted a witness saying a “confused-looking” man, who locked himself in a toilet close to the airport’s outside viewing deck, made the threat.

Another police spokesman, Martijn Peelen, told AFP: “This morning at around 11.00 am we received a bomb threat. We have evacuated Terminals 1 and 2.”

The terminals at Europe’s fifth biggest airport were cordoned off and security agencies including the explosives clearance unit were continuing their investigation, Peelen added.

Between 120,000 and 140,000 passengers pass through Schiphol daily.

Airport spokesman Geert van der Varst told AFP there were no delays for departing passengers and those who were evacuated from departure halls one and two, were now leaving from halls three and four.


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