Spanish police tipped off local authorities about a potential attack
A second arrest has been made as Dutch police investigate a terror threat that led to the cancellation of Allah-Las‘ gig in Rotterdam last night (August 23).
The Los Angeles quartet were scheduled to perform at the city’s Maassilo venue.
The Spanish police tipped off local authorities about a potential attack. A bus with Spanish licence plates and containing gas canisters was found nearby.
The driver was detained by police, according to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb but now it appears that he may not be a suspect, according to The Guardian.
Explosives experts checked his van and found nothing suspicious beyond the gas canisters. A search of the man’s home “uncovered no link with the terror threat … at the Maassilo,” police said.
Dutch police also confirmed they had arrested a 22-year-old man in the early hours of this morning (August 24). “He is in custody and will be questioned about the threat in Rotterdam,” police said, adding that a thorough search of his home had been conducted.
The man was detained in Brabant, a province to the south of Rotterdam, but it is not known where he is being held.
In a statement, Rotterdam police said: “Police took this information seriously enough that after discussion with organisers it was decided to cancel the event.”
The concert had yet to begin when the decision was made to cancel it. The venue was evacuated and Rotown, the promoter, confirmed ticket-holders would be reimbursed for the admission fee.
The band were reported to have left the venue in a white van with a police escort. They have issued an official statement, which reads: “Due to a potential terror threat at The Maassilo in Rotterdam, the Allah-Las show was cancelled tonight.
“Details are not available at this time as the incident is still under investigation. The band is unharmed and are very grateful to the Rotterdam Police and other responsible agencies for detecting the potential threat before anyone was hurt.
“We are unable to comment any further at this time.”
Allah-Las are currently on tour in Europe. The band are due to play at the Niebo venue in Warsaw tonight.