Police at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, 18 March 2019
Mar 22 '19 12:40

A 27-year-old man that was held for a time in connection with a on Monday, says that people still see him as an attacker - even though the police released him because he wasn't involved in the attack. "On social media I have been called a traitor, and on the street I am addressed as a terrorist", he said to newspaper AD. 

Mar 22 '19 11:50

A  in Amsterdam on Thursday was identified as Mustapha Agalf from the city. The 34-year-old man went missing at the start of this month.  

Agalf was last seen leaving a pub on Utrechtsestraat during the early hours of Friday, March 1st. He seems to have drowned, according to Het Parool. His family was informed on Thursday, the police said.

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Mar 22 '19 11:00

Tens of thousands of homes in the Gooi region were without power for a short period on Friday morning. The power outage was resolved at around 9:45 a.m., though it may still take some time before power is restored everywhere, according to grid manager TenneT.

The power outage affected Hilversum, Huizen, Bussum, Naarden, Blaricum, Laren and surrounds, NU.nl reports. A number of broadcasters, including RTL, NOS and Radio 538, also had to run on generators for a time.

High school classroom
Mar 22 '19 10:10

The controversial British Sharia preacher Haitham Al Haddad gave "covert" lessons at the Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam, newspaper NRC reported on Friday based on a confidential official message that intelligence service AIVD sent to mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam in January. 

The message also says that other radical Islamic people were also involved in the school and that the school management funded a Chechen terrorist movement, according to the newspaper.

Fireworks debris
Mar 22 '19 09:19

Rotterdam is introducing a limited fireworks ban from this New Year's. Neighborhoods where things got out of hand and there were firework related incidents in the past, will be banned from lighting fireworks on New Year's. While quiet neighborhoods will still be allowed to do so, the city council decided on Thursday night, RTV Rijnmond reports.

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Mar 22 '19 08:51

A boy was stabbed during a brawl between teenagers on Edward Jennerstraat in Haarlem on Thursday. He was stabbed in the back by another boy. The victim was taken to hospital. He did not sustain life-threatening injuries, the police said to NU.nl.

The brawl happened at around 5:30 p.m. According to the police, around six teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 years were involved. Two boys were arrested.

The police are investigating exactly what happened. 

Police officer at a train station
Mar 22 '19 08:31

A 41-year-old man was arrested for strangling a female conductor on the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem on Thursday. He attacked the conductor after he pulled down his own pants and fondled his genitals, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The man was traveling without a ticket. When the conductor noticed and addressed him on it, he pulled up his shirt, pulled down his pants and started fondling his genitals. The conductor stepped away to call for assistance, but the man grabbed her from behind and started to strangle her.

A voter walking into a polling station in Amsterdam Oost, 20 March 2019
Mar 22 '19 08:02

With the in 30 years and a new party suddenly becoming the biggest in the Netherlands, the Provincial States election turned out to be an exciting one. The voters who brought nationalist, right-wing party were mainly older, white men.

Tram 7 crosses Verbindingsdam in Amsterdam Oost, with fog obscuring the buildings on KNSM Island, 22 March 2019
Mar 22 '19 07:25

Friday started out foggy, but by the afternoon there should be sunshine throughout the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for a large part of the country, warning that visibility may be reduced to 200 meters in some areas.

The warning is in effect for al provinces except Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen and the Wadden Islands. The fog should dissipate by 10:00 a.m. "Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a safe following distance", the KNMI warns. 

Brexit
Mar 21 '19 17:30

The United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no agreements in place would be a hard blow for the Netherlands, according to German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung. A no-deal Brexit will cost the Netherlands 3.16 billion euros per year, the think tank calculated. That amounts to 186 euros per Dutch person per year, NU.nl reports.

The Brexit happening with agreements in place will be more favorable for the Netherlands. Then the damage will be limited to 1.75 billion euros per year, or 103 euros per Dutch person per year, according to the think tank.

Jesse Klaver
Mar 21 '19 16:40

GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver believes that the government will opt for cooperation with the left-wing opposition in the new Senate. "The cabinet must choose: is it about the right or about the left? I assume it will opt for the Paris climate goals. That means that cooperation on the right is not an option", Klaver said, ANP reports.

A Picnic truck in Amsterdam
Mar 21 '19 15:50

Online supermarket Picnic is the fastest growing company in the Netherlands, followed by meal deliverer Takeaway.com and cosmetics chain Rituals, according to research by Erasmus University Rotterdam, NOS reports.

Uber
Mar 21 '19 15:00

Uber is expanding its Uber Freight truck service to the Netherlands. The company will initially focus on Dutch activities, and over time expand the service to other European countries, NU.nl reports

The Netherlands will be the first European country where Uber Freight is offered. The service links companies to trucks, like the normal Uber connects passengers and taxis. According to Uber, Uber Freight will make it easier for small and medium sized businesses to transport their cargo through Europe.

Police
Mar 21 '19 14:10

A body was found Thursday morning in the waters of the popular Grachtengordel area of Amsterdam. Police were dispatched to the Keizersgracht just after 10:40 a.m., and found the body in the canal near the Utrechtsestraat.

A witness walking in the area made the grizzly discovery and called authorities. Several first responders were sent to the scene, including a trauma helicopter.

3,300 kilos of cocaine seized at a warehouse in Hazeldonk, January 2017
Mar 21 '19 13:20

A Dutch father and his two sons were arrested in Belgium and Spain over the past weeks for smuggling 3,300 kilograms of cocaine into the Netherlands through the port of Antwerp. The cocaine was seized in a warehouse in Hazeldonk in January 2017. All three suspects have been extradited to the Netherlands and are in custody, the police said in a statement.

A drawing of a crying Nijntje with the condolence register for the 24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht's city hall
Mar 21 '19 12:30

A group of Utrecht residents are organizing a silent march for the victims of a . The march will start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday on Jaarbeursplein, from where participants will walk to the scene of the attack, NU.nl reports.

"We want do do this for Utrecht", one of the organizers said to DUIC. "We want to show that we will not be knocked apart. And that we are actually getting closer together and supporting each other in this time."

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