Dutch intelligence agency expands

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31 March 2004, AMSTERDAM — In part as a reaction to the Madrid train bombings, the Dutch intelligence service AIVD is to undergo a new expansion, confidential sources have revealed.

31 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — In part as a reaction to the Madrid train bombings, the Dutch intelligence service AIVD is to undergo a new expansion, confidential sources have revealed.

The main Dutch news agency ANP reported on Wednesday that the AIVD has been given permission to recruit additional staff to help counter the risk of a Madrid-style terrorist attack in the Netherlands.

The AIVD believes such an attack is a real possibility and the threat could continue for several years, ANP said.

In line with normal procedure, the Dutch Interior Ministry and the AIVD refused to comment on the claims.

The AIVD is currently recruiting 150 extra staff in response to the 11 September attacks in the US in 2001.

When this first recruitment drive is completed, the AIVD will have about 1,000 people in service. It is unclear how many additional staff will be hired following the 11 March Madrid atrocities.

The AIVD is due to relocate from its headquarters in Leidschendam to a bigger facility in Zoetermeer in 2007 to accommodate the additional personnel.

The AIVD's agents and paid informers are currently monitoring about 150 to 200 people suspected of either supporting, financing or carrying out terrorist acts, ANP said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news + terrorism

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