Attacks continue on mosques and churches

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11 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — There were further reports of attacks on mosques and churches on Wednesday as Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende visited the area in The Hague where police ended a stand-off with suspected terrorists.

11 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — There were further reports of attacks on mosques and churches on Wednesday as Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende visited the area in The Hague where police ended a stand-off with suspected terrorists.

Balkenende thanked residents of the Laak district in The Hague for the calm way they reacted to the district being sealed off during the siege. He noted that some locals felt the media were trying to stir up the situation.

The residents were allowed to return to their houses on Thursday after the police concluded their examination of the scene. Three grenades were reported to have been found in the house.

Four police officers were injured, one seriously, when a grenade was thrown at them when they tried to raid the house as part of an ongoing investigation into terrorism.

Two Dutch nationals, aged 19 and 22, who were arrested at the end of the siege were to appear in court on Friday. They are to be charged with membership of a terrorist organisation and conspiracy to commit murder.

A lawyer for the 19-year-old partially identified his client as Dutchman Jason W. who converted to Islam.

Five other people, one in Amersfoort and four in Amsterdam, were also arrested on Wednesday as part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, police reported two other men, aged 20 and 23, were arrested when following what police say was an attempt to burn down a mosque in Venray on Wednesday night.

In other incidents, police officers in Utrecht extinguished a small fire lit at a church on the Marokkodreef. Two petrol bombs were thrown at a church in Rotterdam, but neither device exploded.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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