Published: Dec 27, 2010 1:11 AM EST
Updated: Dec 26, 2010 10:11 PM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch prosecutors say they have cleared five of the 12 Somali men who were detained Christmas Eve on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack in the Netherlands.
      
The men were picked up after a tip from intelligence services said an attack may be imminent. There was no information on the alleged target, although Rotterdam is one of Europe's biggest commercial hubs.
      
Prosecutors said Sunday they had no evidence of criminal involvement against five of the men. Three who no valid residency permits were turned over to immigration police, and two Dutch residents were released.
      
Authorities must decide by Tuesday whether to ask a court's permission to continue the investigation of the remaining seven people or to free them.

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