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Alleged U.K. Terror Suspect Arrested in Holland

Dutch police on Sunday arrested a British man of Somali ancestry at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport for possible links to a terrorist group, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutors said.

The man was arrested after flying in from Liverpool, England, 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," Boersma told The Associated Press.

Scotland Yard and airport officials in Britain did not immediately comment on the arrest. A spokeswoman for Liverpool's police force said she had no information on the arrest.

Amsterdam's airport has significantly beefed up its security meassures since last Decemeber, 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 on Christmas Day, by setting off explosives hidden in his underwear.

He was tackled by passangers and crew, and is now charged in U.S. federal court in Detroit with attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with 278 passengers and 11 crew members aboard. Abdulmutallab is representing himself, but a judge has appointed a standy lawyer to assist him.

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.
By Associated Press Writer Toby Sterlin. Raphael G. Satter in London contributed to this report

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