No trains will be stopping at Brussels Central Station today following a small explosion there on Tuesday night, NS International said on its website. The explosion happened around 8:30 p.m. The Belgian authorities had control of the situation very quickly and no one bystanders were injured. The suspected perpetrator was gunned down by soldiers almost immediately after the explosion, ANP reports.
A Dutch car containing two bodies was pulled out of the Albert canal in Belgium on Wednesday afternoon. The canal is less than a kilometer away from the Netherlands' border, 1Limburg reports.
The bodies have not yet been identified. According to the Belgian judiciary, the car was in the water for at least six months. At this stage there are no indications of a crime. An autopsy will be done on the bodies on Friday to try and determine cause of death. At the time being, the Belgian authorities assume it was a double suicide, according to the news site.
Belgian customs officers seized nearly 90 million cigarettes in the port of Antwerp last week - one of the largest ever in the port. The shipment came from the Egyptian port of Said and was destined for a company in the Netherlands, ANP reports.
Belgian Minister of Finance Johan van Overtveldt congratulated all involved in this record bust. "The fight against illegal products and fraud is high on the agenda, and we can see that in the results."
The cigarettes involved are so-called Cheap White cigarettes of brands not registered in Belgium.
Dutch man Jelle F. was sentenced on appeal to 18 years in prison for throwing acid in a woman's face in a Delhaize supermarket in Antwerp two years ago, ANP reports.
The sentence is the same as when F. first stood trial. Unlike the first trial however, the appeal judge did not find F. guilty of attempted murder, but of extortion and torture. According to the court, it is not clear that F. wanted to kill his victim.
The Dutch police arrested 60 people last week in a national action against roaming criminal gangs. Detainees include suspected shoplifters, drug traffickers and dealers, burglars and identity thieves, the police announced in a statement.
Twelve girls from the Rythovious College in Eersel, Noord-Brabant were sexually assaulted by four boys from the Belgian high school Den Brandt while on a school trip to the Technopolis Museum in Mechelen. The girls pressed charges with the Belgian police, AD reports.
According to the girls, the four boys intimidated and molested them in the museum around noon. This happened in the ladies restrooms and in some exhibition spaces. They touched the girls on their breasts and buttocks.
The number of cross-border child abductions in the Netherlands showed a significant increase in 2016. Last year a total of 251 children were reported kidnapped to the Dutch center of international child abductions IKO, 14 more than in 2015, the center announced according to RTL Nieuws.
Most of these abductions involved a parent taking a child abroad following a divorce or separation. Most of the abducted children were below the age of 6, the youngest one was two months old at the time of abduction. In 70 percent of the cases, the perpetrator is female.
Andre G. confessed to ordering the murder of his son-in-law Stijn Saelens in his Belgian castle in 2012 in the court in Bruges on Tuesday. Two Dutch men are suspected of actually committing the murder.
G. told the court that ordering the murder was the only way to save his grandchildren from Saelens, who he suspected was sexually abusing them, NOS reports. Saelens was about to emigrate to Australia with his wife and children. "The children were in danger", he told the court. "It was my ultimate solution."
About 950 thousand foreign tourists will spend Easter weekend in the Netherlands, according to calculations by NBTC Holland Marketing. "It is expected to be very busy", a spokesperson said to NOS. "In comparison with last year, we expect 100 thousand more tourists."
Most foreign visitors come from Germany, about 600 thousand. And over 200 thousand Belgians are expected to visit this weekend. In both countries spring break coincided with the Easter weekend. Some 300 thousand Dutch will also spend Easter in the Netherlands.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure fined NS 1.25 million euros for its disappointing performance on the high speed line to Belgium. Track manager ProRail was fined 1.05 million euros for not complying with agreements made with Dijksma. If NS does not meet the required performance this year, the rail company will be forced to work with competitors, AD reports.
A 30-year-old Russian wanted in Belgium for murder was caught at Schiphol airport. The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested him on Wednesday, AD reports.
The Russian man was caught while sitting in a car outside the airport. The Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security - decided to check the man because they found it suspicious that he was lingering outside of the airport for so long.
Departing State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs wants to install cameras in Dutch slaughterhouses and give the footage to Dutch food safety authority NVWA to monitor abuse. This is in reaction to leaked footage showing horrible abuses in a Belgian slaughterhouse, AD reports.
The video from Tielt, Belgium shows pigs being kicked and beaten, being cut open while fully conscious and being drowned. The slaughterhouse, which also supplied some Dutch butchers, was closed indefinitely.
A 39-year-old man arrested in Antwerp on Thursday on suspicion of trying to commit a terrorist attack, was arrested three times last week. One of those times happened in Rotterdam, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.
Why suspect Mohamed R. was arrested in Rotterdam is unclear. The police told him that he had to leave the Netherlands. He listened, because on Monday the Belgian police checked him at a friend's house in Hoboken, according to the newspaper.
In a television program on Belgian broadcaster VRT an IJburg resident and PVV voter Zandra Lammers paints the Amsterdam neighborhood as radicalized, crime infested and derelict. Other IJburg residents are shocked and outraged by the claims made, AT5 reports.
The Belgian broadcaster introduces IJburg as a "neat new district, just outside Amsterdam, located on the IJsselmeer". Then they give Lammers the word. She was interviewed because she will soon be voting for the PVV, according to AT5.
There is no evidence that Belgian kickboxer Marc de Bonte was killed in any form of crime, the Dutch police concluded. The investigation into the 26-year-old Belgian's death is therefore now closed, AD reports.
On Tuesday the Dutch police arrested six persons in connection with the discovery of 1,100 kilograms of heroin in a container from Iran, the police said in a statement. The drugs' street value is around 34 million euros, according to the police. More arrests may follow.
The arrests were made after the Dutch authorities and Belgian authorities jointly searched a container from Iran in the port of Antwerp on Monday. In it they found the drugs hidden in two baking machines. The drugs were removed and the container was sent on to its destination.
The Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom reached an agreement on implementing passport controls on large international trains. A joint task force will be established to discuss this with Thalys and Eurostar, ANP reports.
The task force will also work on introducing better passenger lists for international high-speed trains. The intention behind this it so that security services can make sure no wanted criminals are on the train.
On Tuesday the police in Zuid-Limburg arrested 14 people on suspicion of involvement in dozens of crimes including car thefts, burglaries, ram raids, handling stolen goods and money laundering. According to the police, all 14 suspects no each other and the crimes were committed by varying smaller groups made up of the various suspects. Most of the crimes were committed in Limburg and across the border in Germany and Belgium in 2016.
No train traffic is possible to and from Roosendaal on Tuesday morning. A short circuit caused by an electrical fire in a substation means that there is no electricity on the overhead, according to ProRail.
Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, spent several hours in Amsterdam two days later, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice confirmed in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. Amri was caught on surveillance cameras in the Dutch capital, the Dutch Public Prosecutor confirmed, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands and Belgium are now working together to protect the Benelux air space. Luxembourg is also involved int he cooperation. Representatives of the three countries signed an agreement on this joint air space protection in December, NOS reports.
The Dutch government is having discussions with Belgium, Germany and France about implementing a registry for people traveling on international buses, trains and boats, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to the Volkskrant. This follows terror Anis Amri suspect fleeing through the Netherlands unchecked after he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th.
The German authorities arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning attacks in the Nehterlands, Geramany, France and Belgium, news wire AFP reports. The suspect texted terrorist group ISIS asking for 180 thousand euros to fund the attacks, German prosecutors said on Monday.
The man was detained on Saturday and his apartment in Saarbucken was raided. He was formally arrested and charged on Sunday.
Terrorist organization Islamic State is planning more attacks in Europe and the Netherlands may be a target, according to a warning report Europol released on Friday. The European policing force thinks that ISIS will likely keep to attack tacticts currently used in Syria and Iraq - car bombs, kidnappings, extortion and suicide bombings, AD reports.