Dutch clear 5 of 12 detained Somalis suspected of terrorism

December 27, 2010 05:45

AMSTERDAM — Dutch authorities have cleared five of the 12 Somali men who were detained Christmas Eve on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack in the Netherlands.

Prosecutors said Sunday they had no evidence of criminal involvement against the five men, but the investigation of the other seven was continuing.They must decide by Tuesday whether to bring the remaining suspects before a judge or let them go.

The men were picked up in Rotterdam after a tip from intelligence services that an attack may be imminent. There was no information on the alleged target, although Rotterdam is one of Europe's biggest commercial hubs with a huge port and large oil and gas storage facilities.

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