Homeless Pole caused Amsterdam airport scare

A drunk homeless Pole caused the partial evacuation of Amsterdam's main airport after he claimed he was a terrorist, Dutch police said Wednesday.

The 25-year-old man was arrested outside the arrivals hall at Schiphol airport around 9:30 pm (1930 GMT) on Tuesday after a telephone tip-off that the man had been behaving suspiciously.

The airport was partially closed for several hours but bomb disposal experts found no explosives when searching his luggage.

"He told police he was a terrorist," a police spokesman said. "There was no danger to the public." The man remains in custody.

The airport, one of the largest hubs in Europe with 58 million passengers and 1.6 million tons of cargo per year, said the incident had not affected flights.

Two other people were initially detained but were released after a short time. Police finally gave the all-clear at 2 am local time.

The bomb scare came three weeks after terrorists struck the international airport in Brussels and an underground station, killing 32 people, not including the terrorists. The Belgian capital is only 200 kilometres from Amsterdam.

Last update: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:15
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