Video released of terror suspects' arrest

SWAT team entering a home - 7 men arrested for planning a terrorist attack, 27 Sept 2018
SWAT team entering a home - 7 men arrested for planning a terrorist attack, 27 Sept 2018. (Photo: Screenshot / @PolitieLE / Twitter)

The police released video footage of the arrests of seven men suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the Netherlands. The video shows SWAT teams raiding a white van in a parking lot and entering a home.

The seven suspects were arrested in Arnhem and Weert on Thursday afternoon. They were in an "advanced" stage of planning to commit a terrorist attack at a large event in the Netherlands, the police said. The plot involved detonating bombs at a big event, then attacking the site with AK-47 gunfire. Following that, a car bomb would be detonated. What event they targeted, was not revealed. 

The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands was not adjusted following these arrests. It remains at 4 on a scale of 5, which means that there is a real chance of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, but no concrete indications that one is being planned. 

According to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, the suspects were "already a long way" into their plans to commit a terrorist attack.  "It is good news that the services acted in this way. But it is intense that people are walking around with such bad intentions. We have to be very alert." 

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