THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Two Yemeni men arrested on arrival from the United States on suspicion they may have been conducting a dry run for an airline terror attack were released without charge yesterday after investigations turned up no evidence to link them to a terror plot, Dutch prosecutors said.
Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi and Hezam al-Murisi were arrested by airport police Monday in Amsterdam on a United Airlines flight from Chicago following a request from US law enforcement officials.
The whereabouts of the two men following their release was not immediately known. Their lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prosecutors said an initial test by US authorities on an item of luggage belonging to one of the men “showed the possible presence of a trace of explosives.’’ However later tests did not reveal any signs of explosive material, they said.
The US Homeland Security Department confirmed that the FBI found no links to terrorism.