No reports of Dutch casualties in London
8 July 2005AMSTERDAM — There were approximately 1,000 Dutch people in London at the time of the terrorist attacks but so far there are no reports of any being injured.
8 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — There were approximately 1,000 Dutch people in London at the time of the terrorist attacks but so far there are no reports of any being injured.
"It surprises us that we have not received a single call. It is in fact unbelievably quiet, perhaps the fact the attacks occurred so early in the morning played a part," a spokesperson for the tourist emergency line Mondial Assistance said on Friday.
The British tourist office has estimated that there were about 1,000 Dutch people in the London at the time of the attacks.
Despite the lack of calls, Mondial Assistance is not prepared to conclude at this stage that no Dutch are among the 700 people injured in the explosions.
For the moment, the Dutch state is not taking any extra security measures in response to the explosions in London, the Volkskrant newspaper reported on Thursday.
Local authorities, harbours and airports, however, were on extra alert on Thursday, the paper said, with measures including tighter security at Schiphol Airport around arrivals from Britain.
British institutions in the Netherlands were already on high alert and will remain so, the Volkskrant said.
The Ministry of Justice was staying in contact with the transport sector on Thursday, it said.
The Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding (NCTb), Ministers Donner (Justice) and Remkes (Interior) are receiving information from UK authorities and monitoring the situation, the paper said.
Prime Minister Balkenende said the G8 summit in Gleneagles should continue despite the disaster, the NOS broadcasting organisation reported.
The NOS quoted him as saying the Dutch Cabinet and population "sympathised greatly with all those affected by these abominable acts of terror."
The prime minister said the explosions were further proof "continuous, intensive attention is necessary in the war on terror," the NOS said
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