12 suspected terrorists held in Rotterdam

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Dutch police say 12 Somali men have been arrested in Rotterdam on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities. Officers raided a telephone shop, four homes in Rotterdam and two rooms in a motel in Gilze-Rijen in the south of the Netherlands. The men aged from 19 to 48 were picked up by the anti-terrorism squad DSI on Friday evening. Six of them live in Rotterdam, five are of no fixed abode and one man lives in Denmark.

Intelligence information The police investigation and subsequent arrests were the result of information issued by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD on Friday afternoon. The National Counter-terrorism Coordinator NCTb Erik Akerboom was kept informed of developments.

Recent statements by the NCTb have suggested the level of alert for terrorist attack in the Netherlands might be raised. A spokeswoman says the latest arrests have neutralised the threat and that the present ‘limited’ level of alert will remain in force.

Taliban may be targeting the Netherlands The leaders of both the Pakistani and Afghan branches of the Taliban have recently warned that the Netherlands could be the target of an attack. The threat has also been made in other countries and on the English-language Jihadist web magazine, .

Mr Akerboom says that “the Jihardists view the Netherlands as a legitimate target because of what they see as discrimination against Muslims and blasphemy against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.”


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