Suspects planned to kill Hirsi Ali and Wilders
15 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Special Forces officers thwarted the planned murders of anti-Islamic Dutch MPs Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders with the arrest of two terrorist suspects in The Hague last week, it has been claimed.
15 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — Special Forces officers thwarted the planned murders of anti-Islamic Dutch MPs Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders with the arrest of two terrorist suspects in The Hague last week, it has been claimed.
Both Liberal VVD MP Hirsi Ali and independent conservative Geert Wilders — who has called for a temporary ban on Islamic immigration to the Netherlands — have been sharply critical of Islam in the past.
Besides various public jabs against the Islamic faith, Hirsi Ali recently made - together with murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh - the film Submission, which cast an accusing eye on domestic violence within the Islamic community.
The Somali-born MP has been guarded by personal security officers for two years due to various death threats, while Wilders was recently placed under protection.
The National Detectives Unit raided a house in The Hague on 10 November based on a tip-off from the intelligence service AIVD, which suspected the two murders were being planned.
Four officers of a specialist arrest team were injured in the early morning raid when a hand grenade was thrown at them. A tense 14-hour stand-off with police ensued.
The men — identified as Ismail A. and Jason W. — were arrested after police fired tear gas into the house. A further three grenades were found when police conducted a search of the premises.
Interior Minister Johan Remkes revealed last Thursday that the arrest thwarted a planned attack against one or more people. It now appears that the attack was planned against Hirsi Ali and Wilders, unnamed sources have told news agency ANP.
Four other people were arrested in Amsterdam and one in Amersfoort on 10 November. One suspect is being investigated for possible involvement in the shooting and stabbing death of Van Gogh in Amsterdam on 2 November.
Authorities are also investigating a possible link between the so-called 'Hofstadgroep' group of suspects in Amsterdam to a Spanish terrorist cell.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news