Second suspect held after Rotterdam concert terror tip-off

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Holland police announced on Wednesday evening that they thwarted a terror attack that was to take place in Rotterdam after receiving a tip from Spanish police.

In June, a Dutch man - known to authorities as being possibly radicalised - was arrested filming outside one of the country's largest stadiums during a concert.

Authorities closed off a venue where the U.S. band Allah-Las was set to play in front of around 1 000 spectators.

Dutch police cancelled the rock concert immediately and proceeded to investigate, finding the van and retaining the driver, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told journalists.

Police are still questioning the van driver.

Spanish news agency Europa Press, quoting Spanish anti-terrorist force sources, reported later that the Spaniard arrested in Rotterdam had, in principle, no links to militancy. Police said at the time, "He had no reasonable explanation for what he was doing, and also had no ticket to the concert". Authorities have said he was drunk and that there was a reasonable explanation for his cargo.

The reported tip-off from Spanish police came during a heightened alert less than a week after the jihadist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in which 15 people died.

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Reuters says a terrorism expert working with the Spanish authorities has told them the warning followed a long-running investigation by the Guardia Civil which was completely separate to the attack in Barcelona.

Police said the concert, which was to feature Californian band Allah-Las, was cancelled at around 7pm after a tip-off from Spanish police.

A suspect who repeatedly drove a vehicle with Spanish plates near the Maassilo concert hall was questioned when they made the discovery.

Due to a potential terror threat at The Maassilo in Rotterdam, the Allah-Las show was cancelled tonight.

Speculation on social media focused on the band's name as the reason they might have been targeted.

They added that causing offence "absolutely wasn't our intention" and that they chose the name because they wanted something "holy sounding".

"We get emails from Muslims, here in the United States and around the world, saying they're offended", the group told The Guardian. "We email back and explain, and mainly they understand".

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