UPDATE (6:00 AM ET)
Dutch Omroep Brabant now reports that police say no bomb has been found. A man was arrested, but he it’s likely he’s an insane loser with too much time on his hands and not a terrorist. Good news, if true of course.
Having said that, I do hope that this man will suffer the consequences of pulling such a “prank.” The entire train station was evacuated, people couldn’t get to their work, all because of one attention craving idiot. End Update
National newspapers and news channels report today that a bomb was found in a train at the train station of the city of Den Bosch, in the South of the Netherlands. Experts are supposedly trying to dismantle the explosive device at this moment.
Dutch news channel the NOS says that the bomb was found after passengers alerted railroad personnel that a suspicious man was moving in and around the train. When personnel tried to talk to the men he said he had planted a bomb in the train.
One witness said: “First, he suddenly asked for a cigarette. ‘Excuse me,’ he said, ‘I’d like to have a cigarette.’ After that he disappeared for a short while, but returned within a matter of minutes. He shouted ‘God is great’ [not sure whether he shouted God is great in Dutch or in Arabic – Allahu Akbar – and Dutch media simply translated it into Dutch themselves] and ‘I have a bomb!'”
A bomb squad moved in and found the explosives, the national railroad company (NS) says. Police haven’t confirmed the report yet.
If the report is accurate, it seems pretty safe to conclude that the would-be bomber is yet another extremist trying to murder innocent people – men, women and children – in the name of Islam. Let it serve as a reminder that the enemy is living among us and that we underestimate his ruthlessness and barbarism at our own peril.
4:38 AM ET UPDATE
Post updated to reflect the fact that while the NS says the bomb has been found, police haven’t confirmed it yet. There is some uncertainty about the question of whether the explosives were found or not. Reports coming from the Netherlands are a bit chaotic, at the moment.
Please stand by for further updates.