- Associated Press - Sunday, September 19, 2010


AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch police on Sunday arrested a British man of Somali ancestry at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for possible links to a terrorist group, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutors said.

The man was arrested after flying in from Liverpool, England, and before he flew out to Uganda, prosecutors’ spokesman Evert Boersma said, without specifying what terror group was involved.

“He was arrested on the tip-off from British authorities,” Mr. Boersma told the Associated Press.

Amsterdam’s airport has beefed up its security measures significantly since Christmas Day, after it was a departure point for a Nigerian student, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to blow up a plane above Detroit by setting off explosives hidden in his underwear.

He was tackled by passengers and crew and is now charged in U.S. federal court with attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with 278 passengers and 11 crew members aboard. Mr. Abdulmutallab insists on representing himself.

Last month, two Yemeni men arriving from Chicago were arrested at the Amsterdam airport on suspicion they may have been conducting a dry run for an airline terror attack. The two were held for several days and then released without charge after an investigation turned up no evidence to link them to a terror plot.