Dutchman held after threat to rock concert

In this image taken from video officers stand behind a cordoned-off area in Rotterdam Wednesday Aug. 23 2017 after a concert by an American rock

"Investigations showed there was no link between the man and the terror threat", police said in a statement Thursday night.

The official said investigators discarded a possible link between the van's driver and the extremist cell that carried out the attacks in and near Barcelona after questioning the driver and examining the van.

People gather at the scene where police are investigating a van with Spanish licence plates containing gas canisters which was found near a Rotterdam venue where a rock concert was cancelled.

A concert scheduled for Wednesday night at the Maassilo venue in the south of Rotterdam was the center of the potential terror threat.

Dutch police said the terror threat facing the Netherlands port city of Rotterdam is now over following the arrest of a suspect.

Even on Wednesday however, there were doubts that he was in fact linked to the threat.

Dutch counter-terror coordinator Dick Schoof commended the police action and left the country's threat level unchanged at "substantial", the fourth step of a five-level scale.

Spectators are checked by security guards as the enter a club for a concert by the American Allah Las rock band in Warsaw Poland Thursday Aug. 24
Spectators are checked by security guards as the enter a club for a concert by the American Allah Las rock band in Warsaw Poland Thursday Aug. 24

The Spanish source said late Wednesday that the tip resulted from an investigation by the Spanish Civil Guard that had been under way for some time and had no direct relation to the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in Catalonia that killed 15 people.

The 22-year-old Dutch national was being questioned after being arrested around 2am during a raid in the southern province of Brabant, police said.

Dutch police yesterday stepped up a probe into a planned terror attack against a Rotterdam concert by a U.S. rock band, having received a "concrete" tip-off from Spanish authorities. By around midnight, the area was calm and police had lifted the cordon they earlier put up around the venue, the NOS reported.

In an interview with the Guardian a year ago the band revealed that they had previously received threats for their name, but they had simply chosen it as they wanted something "holy sounding" along the lines of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

While Spanish police appeared to rule the man out of the inquiry, Paauw said his team were still investigating but it seemed likely "the man had had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time".

In a statement sent to AFP, the band said they were "unharmed and are very grateful to the Rotterdam police and other responsible agencies for detecting the potential threat before anyone was hurt". "We email back and explain why we chose the name, and mainly they understand".




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