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Terror scare: Armed police arrest man who locked himself in train toilet

Half of the platforms and much of the central station in Rotterdam had to be cleared.

DUTCH POLICE EVACUATED a Thalys international train and part of Rotterdam station today after a man locked himself in the train toilets and refused to come out.

The man was arrested after two hours when a swat team backed by a dog moved into the station, Dutch police said.

Half of the platforms and much of the central station had to be cleared during the operation to arrest the man, whose motives remained unclear.

“Thanks to the arrest team and the dog, the man has been taken out of the toilets and was arrested in the Thalys,” Dutch police said.

A police bomb squad later moved in to search the carriage for any possible explosives, while officers searched the man’s backpack found on the train.

Netherlands Train Evacuated A anti-terrorist unit of the Dutch police carry the man away. Source: Peter Dejong

The incident came less than a month after a suspected jihadist opened fire on a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, injured two people.

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The gunman armed with a Kalashnikov had opened fire on the high-speed train on August 21, carrying more than 550 passengers – but, almost before bystanders had time to react, he had been overpowered by several passengers including off-duty American servicemen.

The Thalys train company, which mainly operates services from Paris to Amsterdam via Brussels, said there was “no danger for our passengers.”

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