Friday, 20 November 2015 - 09:20
Police: "Nothing strange" in suspicious Rotterdam car
The Rotterdam police did not find anything "strange" in or around the suspicious car found on the Westersingel on Thursday night. The Mercedes is registered as "suspicious" and signals were sent to the police when it was caught on a camera at a border crossing. A spokesperson for the police confirmed this to NU. The police closed down the Westersingel and conducted a thorough investigation when the car was spotted in Rotterdam. Three men were arrested, though the police spokesperson would not comment on what they were held for. They are still in custody. The Public Prosecutor also refused to comment on the matter on Friday. The Rotterdam police makes no mention of the incident on their Twitter feed, and no reports were published to the nationwide police website. "We are extra alert since the the attacks in Paris", the police spokesperson said to NU. She could not say whether there is any connection between this car and the search for Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam. Broadcaster NOS reports that the car is registered as suspicious because the driver and passengers are "possibly firearm dangerous". According to the broadcaster, the men are from Molenbeek in Brussels. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb was eating at a nearby restaurant when the car was found. He was evacuated as a precaution. The mayor told RTV Rijnmond that the situation did not frighten him. He was informed of what was going on, left the restaurant, got into his car and went home, adding that he had a good night's sleep. "We are alert and sharp in the city, that was proven once again", was all the mayor would say on the matter.