British man held at Amsterdam airport for making bomb threat

The 29-year-old man, who has not been identified, started shouting at Schipol Airport this morning that he was carrying bombs, Dutch police said.

PTI| Updated: Jan 01, 2016, 19:43 PM IST

London: A British man was on Friday arrested at an airport in Amsterdam for making bomb threats which led to evacuation of parts of a terminal, causing panic among passengers.

The 29-year-old man, who has not been identified, started shouting at Schipol Airport this morning that he was carrying bombs, Dutch police said.

He was overpowered by police and taken into custody, police said. His luggage was searched by sniffer dogs, but was not found to contain any explosives.

Parts of the terminal were also evacuated and searched.

However, no explosives were found.

Several check-in counters at the Terminal 3 were closed and evacuated as a precaution while some passengers fled in panic, many leaving their luggage behind.

"We had to arrest him very quickly. We searched the man and his luggage but there was nothing on him. We had to close certain check-ins and clear the area but we did not find anything and they have now reopened. We have to speak to him to find out his motives," a spokesperson from the Dutch Royal

Military Police told 'The Daily Telegraph'. The terminal reopened a short time later. Schiphol is the main international airport in the Netherlands and is around five miles outside Amsterdam.