Army, police set up new anti-terror force

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3 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Special police and army units will be merged to form a special intervention service DSI to be deployed against terror threats and cases of extreme violence.

3 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Special police and army units will be merged to form a special intervention service DSI to be deployed against terror threats and cases of extreme violence.

The Cabinet agreed on the measure during its weekly meeting on Friday.

The plan was a joint proposal from Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner, Interior Minister Johan Remkes and Defence Minister Henk Kamp.

The aim is to set up a unit that can be more quickly deployed in times when special forces are required. There will be one person in command of the unit.

The DSI will consist of members of the BBE quick intervention force (a temporary unit known as the BBE-SIE), a snipers unit and other staff.

The BBE-SIE was set up last year and is under the authority of the national police force KLPD.

It consists of police and military officers and was involved in the arrest of two terror suspects in The Hague last November.

The new unit given approval on Friday can also direct other special units, but these will remain under the responsibility of police and the Dutch military.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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