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WASHINGTON–The two Yemeni men arrested Monday after flying from O’Hare International Airport to Amsterdam were released from custody in the Netherlands today after an investigation showed no evidence of a crime, a Dutch official said.

The two initially had been suspected of preparing for a terror attack.

Floris van Hovell, an official with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, said the men were released at approximately 11 a.m. Chicago time.
Van Hovell said Dutch authorities took the case very seriously because U.S. officials had told them that a preliminary test on luggage belonging to one of the men showed traces of explosives after both already had left aboard a United flight from Chicago to Amsterdam.

The test apparently was done on luggage retrieved at Washington Dulles International Airport. Further tests determined there were no explosives present, he said.

The men were interrogated extensively and search warrants were executed in the U.S. as part of the probe, he said.

Van Hovell, the embassy’s counselor of public diplomacy, press and culture, said the public prosecutor in Amsterdam issued a statement when the men were released at the end of the business day there Wednesday. He did not know the men’s whereabouts.