Terrorism arrests made in Eindhoven, Arnhem

Yesterday, after months of investigation, the police arrested three men in Arnhem and Eindhoven, on suspicion of terrorism. According to the Public Prosecution, these men want to join the Al-Qaeda linked group Jabhat al-Nusra.

The suspects are two 26 year old men and a 30 year old. The 26 year old from Arnhem has been in Syria and is connected to al'Nusra. The prosecution suspects another suspect of providing financial support to jihadists in Syria.

The investigation into these suspects was launched last summer with information from the General Intelligence and Security Service. On October 30th the houses of six suspects were searched in Arnhem, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Doesburg. Computers, tablets, data carriers and mobile phones were seized. The men know each other and were all linked to the al-Nusra Front. The passports of all six suspects were confiscated.

The three men who were not arrested yesterday, remain suspects, according to the Public Prosecutor. The investigation continues.

Earlier this month it was announced that Islamic State (ISIS) has partnered with Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. Leaders of the two radical Islamic groups apparently reached an agreement on November 2nd. ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra have been involved in fierce fighting in Syria for more than a year. According to sources of the news agency AP, the two groups have agreed to join forces against Kurdish fighters in Syria.