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Rotterdam gig is called off over terror threat

By Mike Corder

Police in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam have detained the driver of a van with gas tanks inside after a terror threat to a concert by an American rock band.

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a hastily arranged Press conference that the van's Spanish driver was being questioned by police.

Military explosives experts were deployed to Rotterdam to examine the van last night.

The concert by Los Angeles band Allah-Las was called off after Dutch police received a terror warning from Spanish officers.

Police in Spain have been investigating the deadly vehicle attacks last week that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona.

They later found bomb-making equipment that included more than 100 tanks of butane gas, nails, and 500 litres of acetone.

Rotterdam police said they took the information about a threat "seriously enough that after discussion with organisers it was decided to cancel the event".

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