'Netherlands ignored terror threat
The Netherlands systematically ignored concrete information on terror threats for years. From the late 1990s, the Dutch national security service AIVD warned the government on various occasions about possible terror attacks, but to no avail.
Former AIVD head Sybrand van Hulst makes these remarks in ANP reporter Sander Kuypers’ book Staatsgeheim State Secret. Van Hulst says that his service repeatedly issued a terror threat alert.
The decision to set up an anti-terror unit came only after the attacks on four trains in Madrid in 2004. Then interior minister Johan Remkes says the picture painted by Sander Kuypers is essentially accurate.
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