- A tip-off that a terror attack was being planned for the Allah-Las’ concert and canceled the show as a precaution
Police officers wearing bulletproof vests descended on the Maassilo venue in Rotterdam while an anti-terror unit was also on-site, according to local media.
The gig was cancelled following a tip-off from Spanish police, and the mayor of Rotterdam has now confirmed a small bus with Spanish number plates as “gas bottles” was found near the venue.
Dutch police officers stopped the driver of the bus in Rotterdam and have taken him into custody.
A tweet by staff at the Maassilo venue claims authorities ordered the cancellation of tonight’s gig.
Dutch media claimed that police received a tip-off that a terror attack was being planned for the Allah-Las’ concert and canceled the show as a precaution.
The Maassilo is an exhibition venue located in central Rotterdam, with capacity for 1,000 people.
The venue was evacuated before the concert was due to start, and images on social media show a number of concertgoers stood around outside while officers in bulletproof vests patrol the area.
BARCELONA TERROR ATTACK! AT LEAST 13 DEAD, MORE THAN 100 INJURED AS VAN CRASHES INTO PEDESTRIANS, HOSTAGE DRAMA INSIDE RESTAURANT
At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured after a van in Barcelona ploughed into pedestrians before two men entered a restaurant with guns.
Pictures and video emerging from the scene show armed police and paramedics rushing to the Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city.
Horrifying footage from the scene shows dozens of victims lying injured on the floor.
Catalonia’s interior minister Joaquim Forn has said it is ‘very possible’ that the number of dead will rise because of the ‘very serious’ injuries to victims.
Gunfire was heard at the Corte Ingles store in the area after police announced a ‘massive crash’.
Police officers were said to be negotiating with two attackers in a Turkish restaurant where they have taken hostages.
Officers were also searching for a second van the attackers may have hired as a getaway vehicle.
The civil guard has said the van used in the attack was rented by a man named Driss Oukabir , in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, El Pais reports.
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