Terror cells throughout Europe similar

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30 January 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Hofstad group is not a typically Dutch phenomenon. The group very much resembles other jihadist networks throughout Europe. These are also usually local groups that are not steered from the outside by international connections.

30 January 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Hofstad group is not a typically Dutch phenomenon. The group very much resembles other jihadist networks throughout Europe. These are also usually local groups that are not steered from the outside by international connections.

Terrorism expert Edwin Bakker concluded this in his study ‘Jihadi terrorists in Europe,’ in which he examined specific characteristics of terrorists and their networks since 11 September.

The young men of the Hofstad group are ‘somewhat younger’ than the members of an average terrorist network, Bakker said. The researcher is affiliated with the Clingendael Institute for international affairs.

The average age of the European jihadists that Bakker studied was 27.5 years. “The Hofstad young men can perhaps be seen as the forerunners of a new trend. More very young jihadists have turned up since their arrest.”

Although the jihadists display differences, there are also common characteristics. Most are born or raised in Europe. They are often of either North African or (in Great Britain)
 Pakistani descent.

Bakker has not noticed any connections between the European networks and Al Qaeda. ‘So terrorism is an internal European problem.’

[Copyright Expatica 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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