Police have confirmed that a second man has been arrested as investigations around an impending terror threat that led to the cancellation of a Allah-Las concert in Rotterdam on Wednesday.
As Far Out reported earlier today, the American rock band were forced to cancel their show due to a tip-off from Spanish authorities who were investigating last week’s vehicle attacks in Barcelona that killed 15 people.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has already confirmed that Dutch police arrested a man who was driving a van with Spanish license plates and a number of gas tanks inside. Military explosives experts were deployed to Rotterdam to examine the van, police said.
Now, as investigations continue, Dutch police confirmed they had arrested a second suspect – a 22-year-old man in the early hours of Thursday: “A 22-year-old man from Brabant was arrested Thursday morning in the investigation into a terrorist threat Wednesday evening in Rotterdam,” police said in a statement.
Some have suggested that the band may have been targeted due their name. In an interview with The Guardian last year, The Allah-Las said the name was chosen because it was “holy sounding” name and did not realise it might cause offence.
“We get emails from Muslims, here in the US and around the world, saying they’re offended, but that absolutely wasn’t our intention,” said lead singer Miles Michaud.
“We email back and explain why we chose the name, and mainly they understand.”
In an email to The Associated Press, the band’s label, Mexican Summer, said: “Due to a potential terror threat at The Maassilo in Rotterdam, the Allah-Las show was canceled tonight.
“Details are not available at this time as the incident is still under investigation. 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.”
In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian last year, band members said they chose the word Allah, Arabic for God, because they were seeking a “holy sounding” name and did not realize it might cause offense.
“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,” lead singer Miles Michaud told the newspaper. “We email back and explain why we chose the name, and mainly they understand.”