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British man arrested at Schiphol airport on suspicion of terrorism

A Somali-born British man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism as he transited Amsterdam's Schiphol airport en route from England to Uganda on Sunday. A spokesman for Dutch prosecutors said police acted on a tip from UK authorities.

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AFP - Dutch police arrested Sunday a Somali-born British man on suspicion of terrorism as he transited through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport en route from England to Uganda, prosecutors said.

"A British man of Somali origin has been arrested at Schiphol," the Dutch prosecutor's office said in a statement.

"At this moment, an inquiry is trying to determine whether or not the man belongs to a foreign terrorist organisation."

The suspect, who had travelled from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, northeast England, and was on route to Entebbe via Amsterdam, was arrested by police just as his flight was just about to take off, prosecutors said.

Evert Boerstra, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutor's office, said police were tipped off by British authorities, adding that he could provide no further information on the suspect or his arrest.

On August 30, two Yemenis were arrested on suspicion of a terrorist plot upon arriving in Amsterdam from Chicago after American authorities found "suspicious items" in their baggage, including mobile phones taped together.

The pair were freed on September 1.
 

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