Dutch police detain man who yelled ‘bomb!’ on bus, find no threat

  • Reuters, Amsterdam
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 15:56 IST
Netherlands’ military police carry out additional patrols as passengers arrive to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Security was stepped up in and around Amsterdam's Schiphol airport following a threat. (AFP Photo)

Dutch police, on alert for a security threat to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, on Monday detained a confused man who yelled “Bomb!” on a bus, but found no evidence of a serious threat, a spokesperson said.

Police have been conducting vehicle searches near the airport, one of Europe’s largest, since last week after receiving intelligence about a possible threat.

The man, who took off his clothes, was held at gunpoint by the side of the highway while the bus was searched. The incident brought traffic on one of the Netherlands’ main highways to a standstill.

After attacks by Islamist militants in France, Belgium and Germany, the Netherlands is considered a potential target, because it supports US-led military operations against the Islamic State jihadist militia in the Middle East.

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