At least one arrest at Schiphol as part of airport evacuated

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Parts of Schiphol closed off as Marechaussee investigate a suspicious situation, 12 Apr 2016 (Photo: @victorpascual/Twitter). (Parts of Schiphol closed off as Marechaussee investigate a suspicious situation, 12 Apr 2016 (Photo: @victorpascual/Twitter))

A man was arrested on Schiphol airport's bus platform on Tuesday night in the midst of a suspicious situation. The platform was closed for several hours as the Marechaussee, the military policing force responsible for security at the airport, investigated.

The arrest was made around 9:30 p.m., a Marechaussee spokesperson said to NU.nl. The area was closed down, with several heavily armed police officers guarding the perimeter. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to investigate the man's luggage, but no hazardous substances were found. The bus platform was released around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to broadcasters NOS and AT5, two more arrests were made sometime before midnight. The Marechaussee could not confirm this. "It could be that more arrests were made", the spokesperson said to NU.nl. "But as far as I know, that has nothing to do with this."

Several buses could not reach the airport due to the investigation. The air traffic was not affected. "There were few departing flights anyway at the time. And the aircraft set to arrived, simply came in", a spokesperson for the airport said.

A suspicious situation was also reported at Leiden Centraal at around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, stopping one train. By 10:30 p.m. it was determined to be a false alarm. One person was arrested. No more information was made available.

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