“Erasmus bridge party target of attack”

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The three Rotterdam residents arrested on 31 December were planning to attack a new year’s party on the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam.

3 January 2008

AMSTERDAM – The three Rotterdam residents arrested on 31 December were planning to attack a new year’s party on the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam. The Telegraaf reports this on the basis of well-informed sources close to the investigation into the suspects.

The men aged 31, 32 and 39 were arrested on Monday because the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) “could not rule out” that they would commit “a violent action.” The public prosecution department did not disclose any details of what the three were reportedly planning.

Two of the suspects are dual Moroccan-Dutch citizens, and the third man is a Sudanese national without a permanent address. The three are in custody and still have to be arraigned.

Police say the party on the Wilhelmina pier near the Erasmus bridge took place without incident. The event reportedly drew more than 15,000 visitors. One of the main attractions was a performance by rock band Kane from The Hague.

The men were arrested after an official report from the AIVD. The national investigation services started an investigation on Sunday led by the national public prosecution office.

[Copyright Expatica News 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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