Wilders claims jihad against him; Gov't disagree

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Two returned Syria fighters from the Netherlands are in custody after planning an attack on PVV-leader Geert Wilders. This was announced by Wilders himself on Sunday, when asked by press office ANP, in relation to the arrest of a suspect of the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, who was also a Syria fighter. The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) denies his claims. 

According to Wilders, he was tipped off by the national counter-terrorism coordinator NCTV. The NCTV themselves will not confirm this incident.

A spokesperson for the NCTV said on Sunday that "for his own safety, no communication about the nature and scope of threats against Wilders are ever exchanged."

Despite Wilders claiming that two people are locked up, the national branch of the OM told RTL Nieuws that no person is in custody or in pre-trial detention for a planned attack on Wilders. "Nobody in the past has been in custody either."

Wilders made his announcement on Sunday after being asked for a reaction to the arrest of Mehdi N., from France, who was caught last Friday for the fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Two men have already been arrested in the past who fought in Syria, but it is unclear whether they were suspects in planning possible attacks on Wilders.