Dutch police detain driver of Spanish van near cancelled gig

Dutch police detain driver of Spanish van near cancelled gig

In a statement to The Times, a representative for the band said, "Due to a potential terror threat at The Maassilo in Rotterdam, the Allah-Las show was cancelled tonight".

Mr Aboutaleb said the concert was cancelled after a tip-off from Spanish police, who are continuing to investigate a twin terror attack in Catalonia that left 15 people dead.

"Whether the bus with gas bottles can be linked to the threat, that cannot now be established". The bus driver was taken into police custody for questioning, he said. Rotterdam police could not be reached for a reaction to the Spanish official's comments. The driver, a Spaniard, was being questioned by police as military explosives experts examined the van found close to the concert venue. There are no indications that the incidents are connected to the events in Rotterdam.

"Police took this information seriously enough that, after a discussion with the organizers, it was chose to cancel the event, " the Rotterdam police said in their statement.

Police wearing bulletproof vests were at the venue, which was evacuated and concertgoers were turned away, reports said.

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The show had not yet started when the decision to cancel it was made around 7pm local time, before doors opened. Dutch television showed what appeared to be members of the four-piece band from Los Angeles leaving the venue in a white van with a police escort.

A Netherlands concert featuring the L.A. rock band Allah-Las was cancelled Wednesday after police uncovered a suspected terrorist plot.

They chose to use Allah - Arabic for god - because they wanted something "holy sounding".

Lead singer Miles Michaud told The Guardian: "We get emails from Muslims, here in the U.S. and around the world, saying they're offended, but that absolutely wasn't our intention". He said the band usually wrote back and explained its intentions were honourable "and mainly they understand".

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