3 things about the terror attack in Rotterdam (that never was)

So about the terror attack in Rotterdam? It didn’t happen and never was going to…
Quite a scare in the Netherlands and a potential terror attack in Rotterdam. Was this it? Was it our turn? Did we dodge that bullet?

#1 What happened and why did we think it was a potential terror attack in Rotterdam?

Last night a concert by the band Allah-Las (!) was cancelled in Rotterdam after a tip-off, but to be fair we could also immediately see the issue with that name. Later on the night we heard that a van full of gas bottles (!) was found near the location of the concert, the Maassilo in Rotterdam South.

terror attack in Rotterdam
The Maassilo

When it turned out that the van also had a Spanish number plate (!!!) anybody and the media knew that this was it and we were either on the verge of an attack or just barely escaped it.

#2 But there wasn’t anything going on in the end?

Well not quite, a 22-year-old man from Brabant has been arrested in connection with Wednesday evening’s terrorist threat in Rotterdam. The man was arrested by anti-terrorist police at around in the night, was taken into custody and is being questioned about his possible involvement in the threat, NOS reported.
So what about those gas bottles? Well, apparently there are still drunken Spanish gas fitters at work, as was this guy. Pure coincidence and that guy sure must have some hang-over.

#3 So that’s it? What are we learning from this?

First of all, you’re missing something of huge importance here – and so did I until yesterday. Allah-Las is a really awesome happy funkadelic pop band. Check it out:

 That’s some happy Summer stuff right! Totally going on my spotify-playlist!

And while a terror attack in Rotterdam didn’t happen, we do seem to have lost the Ijsselmeer! 


Abuzer Van Leeuwen
Abuzer Van Leeuwenhttp://www.abuzervanleeuwen.nl
Founded DutchReview. Rotterdammer living in Leiden. Politics, innovation and epic food-reviews are his thing. Interested in doing anything with DutchReview? Contact him at abuzer[at]dutchreview.com


  1. Was there really a scare? I didn’t get it.
    The warning came from Spain by the way, so why not take it seriously?
    as always… better save than sorry.


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