Netherlands increase airport, border security after Belgium attacks
A police woman gestures in front of ambulances at the scene of a blast outside a metro station in Brussels - REUTERS

AMSTERDAM:  Dutch police stepped up security patrols at airports and tightened checks at borders after Tuesday’s attacks in neighbouring Belgium, the security agency said.

Travellers passing through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport reported delays and a heavy police presence. Security agencies declined to give details of any further measures taken, but maintained the national threat level at “substantial”, one notch below the highest.

Flights were diverted from Brussels to Amsterdam following attacks at the Belgian capital’s airport earlier on Tuesday in which at least 13 people are believed killed. Trains heading south to Belgium were subject to indefinite delays, Dutch state railways said.

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