Aussies warned about Dutch dangers

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6 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government regularly issues advice about the dangers of travelling to trouble spots around the globe, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and border areas in Ethiopia. But now the Netherlands has been placed on a travel warning list.

6 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government regularly issues advice about the dangers of travelling to trouble spots around the globe, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and border areas in Ethiopia. But now the Netherlands has been placed on a travel warning list.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra posted a notice on its website on Thursday warning Australians in the Netherlands to be "alert to their security and monitor developments that might affect their safety".

Since the September 11 terror attacks in the US in 2001, the AIVD intelligence service in the Netherlands has revealed that there are about 100 suspected Muslim extremists operating in the country, mostly playing a logistical and support role for terror organisations including Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

But this does not appear to have been the motivation behind the warning to Australian citizens in the Netherlands. Apparently, the real "enemy" that prompted the surprising alert are Dutch zakkenrollers, or pickpockets.

"Foreigners are often the targets of robbery, pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Pick-pocketing is common in and around Amsterdam's main tourist attractions, in restaurants and tourist accommodation, at Centraal Station and on public transport," according to the Australian warning.

— The Dutch government regularly issues advice about the dangers of travelling to trouble spots around the globe, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and border areas in Ethiopia. But now the Netherlands has been placed on a travel warning list.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra posted a notice on its website on Thursday warning Australians in the Netherlands to be "alert to their security and monitor developments that might affect their safety".

Since the September 11 terror attacks in the US in 2001, the AIVD intelligence service in the Netherlands has revealed that there are about 100 suspected Muslim extremists operating in the country, mostly playing a logistical and support role for terror organisations including Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

But this does not appear to have been the motivation behind the warning to Australian citizens in the Netherlands. Apparently, the real "enemy" that prompted the surprising alert are Dutch zakkenrollers, or pickpockets.

"Foreigners are often the targets of robbery, pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Pick-pocketing is common in and around Amsterdam's main tourist attractions, in restaurants and tourist accommodation, at Centraal Station and on public transport," according to the Australian warning.

nment regularly issues advice about the dangers of travelling to trouble spots around the globe, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and border areas in Ethiopia. But now the Netherlands has been placed on a travel warning list.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra posted a notice on its website on Thursday warning Australians in the Netherlands to be "alert to their security and monitor developments that might affect their safety".

Since the September 11 terror attacks in the US in 2001, the AIVD intelligence service in the Netherlands has revealed that there are about 100 suspected Muslim extremists operating in the country, mostly playing a logistical and support role for terror organisations including Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

But this does not appear to have been the motivation behind the warning to Australian citizens in the Netherlands. Apparently, the real "enemy" that prompted the surprising alert are Dutch zakkenrollers, or pickpockets.

"Foreigners are often the targets of robbery, pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Pick-pocketing is common in and around Amsterdam's main tourist attractions, in restaurants and tourist accommodation, at Centraal Station and on public transport," according to the Australian warning.

— The Dutch government regularly issues advice about the dangers of travelling to trouble spots around the globe, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and border areas in Ethiopia. But now the Netherlands has been placed on a travel warning list.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra posted a notice on its website on Thursday warning Australians in the Netherlands to be "alert to their security and monitor developments that might affect their safety".

Since the September 11 terror attacks in the US in 2001, the AIVD intelligence service in the Netherlands has revealed that there are about 100 suspected Muslim extremists operating in the country, mostly playing a logistical and support role for terror organisations including Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

But this does not appear to have been the motivation behind the warning to Australian citizens in the Netherlands. Apparently, the real "enemy" that prompted the surprising alert are Dutch zakkenrollers, or pickpockets.

"Foreigners are often the targets of robbery, pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Pick-pocketing is common in and around Amsterdam's main tourist attractions, in restaurants and tourist accommodation, at Centraal Station and on public transport," according to the Australian warning.

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