Samir A. 'planned' suicide attack in Holland

20th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Terror suspects Samir A. and Noureddine El F. wanted to obtain materials in Germany to make a bomb belt and carry out a suicide attack in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam trial court was told on Friday.

20 October 2006

AMSTERDAM — Terror suspects Samir A. and Noureddine El F. wanted to obtain materials in Germany to make a bomb belt and carry out a suicide attack in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam trial court was told on Friday.

Crown witness Lahbib B. — who also stands accused in the Piranha investigation — said Samir A. asked him in the summer of 2005 — shortly after the arrest of El F. — to travel to Germany with him.

He said A. wanted to see how many checks were carried out along the border. B. said further that Samir A. wanted to obtain the "ingredients of a bomb belt" in Germany.

El F. — who was arrested with a loaded automatic pistol in Amsterdam West — allegedly showed the witness on CD-ROM how to make a bomb belt. B. could not tell the judge how the suicide attack would be carried out.

B. has also said that the Syrian spiritual leader of the Hofstadgroep — which A. and El F. were members of — had said that attacks in the Netherlands were permitted because of Dutch support given to the US.

The members of the group later spoke frequently about jihad in the Netherlands. The witness said Samir A. and El F. regularly played with weapons.

B. gave his witness testimony in a closed room because he did not wanted to be identified by visitors to the court for safety reasons.

Six suspects are standing accused in the Piranha investigation. The trial started on Monday and will resume again next week.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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