Amsterdam airport partially evacuated due to security alert

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport was partially evacuated late Tuesday night and one person was arrested amid an unspecified security alert, an airport spokeswoman told the AFP news agency.

"Police have evacuated part of the airport plaza and the adjacent Sheraton Hotel and arrested one person amid a suspicious situation," spokeswoman Danielle Timmer told AFP, adding she had no further information.

Television images showed heavily-armed Dutch special military police, wearing balaclavas, patrolling the airport which has been on high alert since the Mar 22 attacks in Brussels, according to the report.

Military police spokesman Alfred Ellwanger told AFP that "around 9:45 p.m. a man was arrested on the square in front of the main entrance to the airport's plaza".

"The bomb disposal squad is also on the scene and they are checking the man's luggage," he added.

Ellwanger added that no flights were disrupted at the busy airport and trains were arriving as normal at the underground station which links the huge travel hub to the rest of the Netherlands.

Schiphol, which lies just outside the Dutch capital Amsterdam, is one of Europe's busiest travel hubs, with about 50 million visitors passing through each year.

Tensions have been high since the Brussels airport and metro bombings killed 32 people in neighboring Belgium, in attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

Belgian prosecutors on Tuesday charged two more men involved in the Brussels bombings, of participating in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder as perpetrators, co-perpetrators or accomplices.

Prosecutors have already filed charges against four people believed to have been involved in the attacks last month. A total of 32 people were killed and 270 wounded.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210793

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