Schiphol Airport Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat



Salon Staff
February 13, 2012 4:09PM (UTC)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Airport police evacuated two terminals at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport on Monday after receiving a bomb threat, a spokesman for the force said.

Officers evacuated two departure halls as they investigated the threat, said airport police spokesman Martijn Beelen. He gave no further details of the threat.

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"There was a bomb threat and as a precaution we have evacuated departure halls one and two," Beelen said in a telephone interview.

Beelen said he did not know if the threat had caused planes to be diverted. A spokesman for the airport could not immediately be reached for comment.

Schiphol is one of Europe's busiest aviation hubs.

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On Christmas Day, 2009, a Nigerian student managed to smuggle explosives onto a flight from Schiphol to Detroit after flying into Amsterdam from Lagos.

He has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up the Northwest Airlines plane by injecting chemicals into a package of pentrite explosive concealed in his underwear and is due to be sentenced Thursday. He faces life imprisonment.


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