Published on : Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport was partly evacuated on Tuesday night April 12th as heavily armed military police arrested a man and triggered security alert. The alert was however lifted after four hours.
Heavily armed military police wearing balaclavas patrolled the airport which was on high alert since March 22 attacks on Brussels airport. Passengers were made to wait behind the security tape. The security cordon was lifted after four hours. Helicopters hovered overhead till the alert was lifted at 1.30am local time on Wednesday.
The airport was declared safe but it still remains unclear as to why exactly there was so much military security and who was the person arrested. However nothing dangerous has been found in the luggage of the person arrested said military police spokesman Alfred Ellwanger. However no other information was divulged about the arrested man.
Flights schedule was normal with no major disruptions; trains were arriving normally at the underground station which links the travel hub to the rest of Netherlands.
A British news agency reported that a suspicious package was found and a bomb disposal robot was pictured at the airport at around 11 pm.
The busy modern plaza at Schiphol’ is usually crowded with passengers and visitors enjoying meals and eateries and shopping from up market clothes and cosmetic stores.
Security has been stepped up at the national airports and train stations after the Brussels attack. The Dutch police carried out raids in Rotterdam last month uncovering 45kg of ammunition in an apartment which was linked to a foiled attack in France.
The Schiphol airport which is just outside the Dutch capital Amsterdam is one of the busiest travel hubs where 50 million visitors pass through every year.