Briton arrested at Dutch airport over terror links

A British man of Somali descent was arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport yesterday for possible links to a terrorist group.

The man was arrested after flying in from Liverpool and before he flew out to Uganda, prosecutors' spokesman Evert Boersma said, without specifying what terror group was involved.

"He was arrested on the tip-off from British authorities," Mr Boersma said.

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Amsterdam's airport has significantly beefed up its security measures since Christmas Day, after it was a departure point for a Nigerian student, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to blow up a plane above the United States by setting off explosives hidden in his underwear.

He was tackled by passengers and crew, and is now charged in a US federal court in Detroit with attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with 278 passengers and 11 crew members aboard.

Last month, two Yemeni men were arrested at the Amsterdam airport after flying in from Chicago, on suspicion they may have been conducting a dry run for an airline terror attack. The two were held for several days then released without charge after an investigation turned up no evidence to link them to a terror plot.

Dutch state broadcaster NOS reported that the latest suspect is allegedly linked to Somalia's most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, which has claimed responsibility for suicide bombing attacks at United Nations facilities and other targets, including attacks in Uganda's capital during the World Cup final that killed 76 people.

Al-Shabab said those blasts were in retaliation for civilian deaths caused by African Union troops in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Dutch prosecutors could not confirm the NOS report.