Dutch gov't pushes €3.5 million into anti-terrorism measures at train stations: report

Police officer at a train station
Police officer at a train stationPhoto: Politie

The government is investing 3.5 million euros into counter-terrorism measures at six train stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht, among others, the Telegraaf reported on Tuesday. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management would not say exactly which train stations are involved, according to the newspaper.

"Measures are being taken at the stations that match the current threat level", State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure said to the newspaper. "The implementation of the physical measures will start this year and will be combined with current projects as much as possible."

There is no concrete reason for this once-off investment in extra counter-terrorism measures, a spokesperson for the national coordinator for counter-terrorism and security NCTV said tot he newspaper. The attack on Amsterdam Central Station, in which two American tourists were stabbed, also has nothing to do with the investment, the Telegraaf writes.

The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands is at 4 out of 5, the same level it's been on for years. This means that there is a real chance of a terrorist attack in the country, but that the authorities know of no concrete plans to commit one. According to the NCTV, there are still jihad supporters who are involved in planning attacks in the Netherlands.