AIVD probes terrorist murder claim

19th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

THE HAGUE – The state security service AIVD is looking into a website claim by terrorists who say they killed a Dutchman in Iraq.

THE HAGUE – The state security service AIVD is looking into a website claim by terrorists who say they killed a Dutchman in Iraq.

A spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that the AIVD was investigating the claim after daily newspaper De Telegraaf published a report on the matter.

The spokesperson said it is still unclear whether the website announcement should be taken seriously.

The Dutch authorities took action after US anti-terror organisation SITE reported the claim.

It was posted on a website apparently used by the al-Rudd Brigades, an organisation reputedly in contact with terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Al-Zarqawi's movement is held responsible for countless attacks in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The al-Rudd Brigades placed an announcement on Saturday saying they had captured and killed a Dutchman of Iraqi origin. It said he worked for the Dutch secret service and had ‘sold his soul and beliefs to the occupiers’.

It said documents in Dutch had been found in the man’s possession, and after these were translated into Arabic ‘Allah's orders were carried out.’

The terrorists demand that European ‘foreigners and crusaders’ leave the city of Arbil in northern Iraq within two weeks. If not, they say, the mujaheddin will ‘strike against all foreigners and mercenaries’.

They specifically threaten the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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