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Rotterdam Concert Pulled Following Terror Threat

Los Angeles band Allah-Las were forced to cancel when police discovered a van containing gas bottles near the venue.

August 24, 2017

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An Allah-Las gig in Rotterdam, Holland was canceled at the last minute on Wednesday evening after police were tipped off about a potential terror threat. The L.A. group were due to headline the Maassilo venue before their show was pulled on police orders. Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said in a press conference that local police were tipped off by Spanish officers investigating the attack in Barcelona last week which killed 15.

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Associated Press reports from Aboutaleb's press conference quote the Mayor as saying that police in Rotterdam stopped a van with a Spanish license plates carrying a “number of gas bottles” near the venue. He added that the van’s driver, a 22-year-old man from Spain, had been detained and was being questioned. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers told The Guardian it is “not likely” that the suspect is a terror threat.

Rotterdam police said the threat was serious enough "that after discussion with organizers it was decided to cancel the event”.

Mexican Summer, the Allah-Las’s label, said: “The band is unharmed and are very grateful to the Rotterdam police and other responsible agencies for detecting the potential threat before anyone was hurt.”

The FADER has contacted a spokesperson for Allah-Las for further comment.

Rotterdam Concert Pulled Following Terror Threat