Dutch arrest police terror plot suspect

17th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

Dutch police have arrested a Moroccan man in Amsterdam suspected of planning a terror attack on law enforcement officers, the Public Prosecutor's office said on Friday.

The investigation into the 26-year-old man, who was illegally living with relatives in the Netherlands, was started after a tip-off by the Dutch intelligence services (AIVD), a statement said.

"The man is suspected of planning a terror attack against police officers," said the statement, adding that the man was arrested on Wednesday.

Police also raided an Amsterdam home where they confiscated SIM cards, USB sticks, a notebook, a mobile phone and a laptop computer.

"However, no weapons or concrete plans for the attack have been found," the statement said.

The man appeared before a Rotterdam judge on Friday and was remanded in custody for two weeks while the investigation continued.

Last month, the Dutch defence ministry warned soldiers not to travel in uniform after a Dutch jihadist in Syria called for attacks in the Netherlands.

Earlier this month the AIVD warned of a "jihadist revival" in the Netherlands, spurred on by the deadly war in Syria.

Some 130 Dutch jihadists have left to fight in Syria, with 30 already having returned and 14 others killed in the fighting, according to the latest statistics from the AIVD.

It is feared that returning jihadists, having been exposed to extreme violence, could be returning to Europe with orders to carry out terror attacks here.

© 2014 AFP

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