Anti-terror police arrest seven suspects

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11 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — Seven people are in custody following the ending of a day-long siege between police and suspected terrorists in The Hague.

11 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Seven people are in custody following the ending of a day-long siege between police and suspected terrorists in The Hague.

The Spanish Interior Ministry has said the name of one of the two men arrested in The Hague appears on a document found on Casablanca bombing suspect Abdeladim Akoudad when he was arrested in Barcelona in October 2003.

The Spanish did not name the Dutch suspect.

He and another man were arrested at about 4.30pm on Wednesday when Special Forces officers reportedly used tear gas to flush them out of a house in the Laak district of The Hague.

Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner took the decision to order the end of a siege of the house which had lasted most the day.

The stand-off began after four specialist arrest team officers were injured by a hand grenade as they tried to raid the house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The raid was part of the investigation into Islamic extremists sparked by the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam on 2 November.

During a press conference on Wednesday evening, the public prosecutor's office (OM) confirmed that four other people were detained in Amsterdam and one in Amersfoort. But no details were released about the people arrested.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news + terrorism

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