Dutch police reassess event security after Nice attack
Following the attack in Nice, France on Thursday, the Dutch police are reassessing security around events in the Netherlands to see whether additional measures are necessary, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said to broadcaster NOS.
The first event to be reassessed is running event Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, which starts on Tuesday. The next one will be Europride, the European version of Gay Pride, which starts next week Saturday.
Mayor Hubert Bruls of Nijmegen stressed that many security measures are already in place around the Vierdaagse, and they're investigating whether more are needed. "Even after last night, there is no concrete indication that something will happen around the Vierdaagse", he said to NOS. "Obviously during the next week we will have close consultations on safety measures during the Vierdaagse."
The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands is on substantial, and that remains unchanged after last night's attack. According to Dick Schoof, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security, no additional measures are being taken in the Netherlands.
Based on information Schoof received from France, he believes that jihadism was behind the Nice attack and that the perpetrator acted alone. "That is a concern we have. In addition to the organized nature of ISIS, an individual can also come up with and commit an attack, with any weapon whatsoever."