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Suspected terrorist plot prompts L.A. band Allah-Las to cancel Netherlands concert

The band Allah-Las. (Aaron Giesel)
The band Allah-Las. (Aaron Giesel)

A Netherlands concert featuring the L.A. rock band Allah-Las was canceled Wednesday after police uncovered a suspected terrorist plot.

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said in a news conference that, after receiving a tip from Spanish police about a potential threat, police evacuated the concert at Maassilo, a music venue in a converted grain silo.

The mayor said that a van with Spanish license plates containing several gas canisters was stopped near the venue and that the driver was detained, but police did not offer further information about the threat. Reports out of Europe have indicated that there doesn't appear to be any connection between this incident and a recent attack in Barcelona, Spain. 

In a statement to The Times, representatives for the band said, "In response to an alleged terror threat at The Maassilo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, our show yesterday was cancelled. The investigation is ongoing and full details are not yet available. However, the Dutch authorities have informed us that there is no credible future threat to the venue or the band. More than anything, we want to thank the law enforcement personnel and our fans of Rotterdam---we're grateful everybody is safe.

We are looking for a new date to reschedule the performance and will provide updates on that as we can. For now, the organizers will ensure all ticket buyers receive a refund as quickly as possible.

The band, as always, supports, peaceful, non-violent protest in the pursuit of social and economic justice."

Updated (4:11 p.m.) This post was updated with a new statement from the band.


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