The police infiltrated the group of seven suspects arrested last month for planning a major attack in the Netherlands. An undercover cop made contact with main suspect Hardi N., pretended to be an "attack planner" for terrorist organization Islamic State, and helped the group to plan their attack and arrange weapons, RTL Nieuws and NRC report.
Dutch municipalities, the police and security services are currently actively monitoring at least 160 radicalized Muslims. Amsterdam accounts for the biggest share of that number, with 59 radicalized people currently under the municipality's eye, the Volkskrant reports.
Seven men suspected of preparing for a large terrorist attack in the Netherlands, will stay in custody for at least another 14 days, the court in Rotterdam decided. According ot the judge, there is sufficient evidence to extend their remand, NOS reports.
The authorities in Arnhem has been intensively monitoring a group of about 25 radicalized Muslims for some time, mayor Ahmed Marcouch said. The seven men arrested last week on suspicion of planning a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands, belonged to this group, De Gelderlander reports.
The youngest of the suspected terrorists arrested on Thursday, was previously arrested for taking selfies with F-16 fighter jets at the military airbase in Volkel, according to the Telegraaf. At that time 21-year-old Wail el A. was already once convicted for a failed attempt to travel to Syria and join a terrorist organization there, the newspaper writes.
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.
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Seven men arrested on Thursday were "already a long way" into their plans to commit a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, according to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security. "It is very intense that there are people walking around who have this planned for us", he said to RTL Nieuws.
"This is intense, but also good news", Grapperhaus said. "The police and the Public Prosecutor followed the men very closely. They were looking for AK47s and bomb belts, really terribly dangerous stuff."
The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands remains substantial at 4 on a scale of 5 after the arrest of seven suspected terrorists on Friday, the national coordinator for counter terrorism and security NCTV said, RTL Nieuws reports.
Arnhem Central Station was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a fire alarm in the station went off. A manual fire alarm was pulled in the public transport terminal, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to Omroep Gelderland.
As a precaution, NS decided to evacuate the entire station and halt train traffic to and from Arnhem.
The fire department investigated and found no sign of fire. The building was declared safe around 10:30 a.m. and travelers were allowed to enter the station. Train traffic was restarted and was largely back on schedule around 11:15 a.m.
Activists for road safety placed empty chairs on squares in Zwolle, Nijverdal, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Ede on Wednesday. A total of 65 chairs were placed in Overijssel and 86 in Gelderland. They represented the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the two provinces last year, NOS reports.
A new investigation was launched into the murder of a 63-year-old woman in Arnhem in 1998. The nine men convicted and sentenced to prison for her murder, may have been convicted based on false statements, the advisory committee for closed criminal cases ACAS announced on Tuesday, ANP reports.
The nine men were sentenced to between five and 12 years in prison. ACAS called their convictions "potentially unsafe" in advice given to the supreme court.
The municipality of Arnhem is halting an experiment with anonymous job applications. According to the city administration, the experiment did not yield any demonstrable added value and showed that relatively few people with an immigration background responded to external vacancies at the municipality, De Gelderlander reports.
Firefighters found a cannabis plantation while fighting a fire in a building on Westervoortsedijk in Arnhem on Monday morning, the fire department said. The building in question is rented by poultry company Blom, De Gelderlander reports.
A passerby saw a thick plume of smoke coming from the building around 8:30 a.m. and called the fire brigade. Clouds of smoke were visible in a wide area. Local residents were called on to keep their windows and doors closed. The fire brigade had the fire under control around 10:00 a.m., but are still working on extinguishing it.
Flooded streets and traffic problems were the result of heavy rains in the Netherlands on Monday afternoon and night. Oost-Brabant and the Nijmegen-Arnhem region were most affected. Between 20 and 40 millimeters of rain fell in a short period in the east and west of the country, AD reports.
A man was stabbed to death outside an apartment building in the Elderveld district of Arnhem on Wednesday evening. One suspect was arrested, NOS reports.
The victim died at the scene. The suspect was injured, so he was taken to hospital by ambulance.
The circumstances surrounding the stabbing are still unclear. The police closed own the crime scene and are investigating.
Feminist action group De Bovengrondse changed dozens of street names across the Netherlands on Tuesday in a protest for more female representation on Dutch streets. Armed with homemade street signs, members of De Bovengrondse changed street names to famous women including Mies Bouwman, Beyonce, Mien van Bree and Suze Groeneweg, NOS reports.
The police identified both men who were killed in an explosion in an apartment in Arnhem earlier this week. They were the 33-year-old resident of the apartment on Daphnestraat and a 31-year-old man from Belgium, ANP reports.
Two men who where seriously injured in an explosion and fire in an apartment in Arnhem on Monday, succumbed to their injuries. A third victim was found and is in hospital, the police said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
So far the police said nothing about the victims' identity. Traces of "drug-related business" were found in the apartment.
An explosion, followed by a fire, in a top floor apartment on Daphnestraat in Arnhem left two people seriously injured on Monday night. A search was launched for a third person who may be hurt. The two victims were taken to hospital with burns, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland Midden said to RTL Nieuws.
Gritters in the summer seem to be an unusual sight, but one that is happening in the Netherlands this week. A number of Dutch municipalities deployed gritters to sprinkle salt against melting asphalt, ANP reports.
Air quality in Dutch city centers will meet European standards by the end of this year, according to a new prognoses State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure presented to parliament on Monday. To help achieve this goal, Van Veldhoven is pushing 10 million euros extra into measures to improve air quality in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Utrecht, ANP reports.
The Arnhem police spent Sunday afternoon searching the forest at a playground on Engelenburgstraat for a so-called killer clown. The man dressed as a scary clown harassed eight children at the playground earlier in the day. He had knives with him, according to one child. The clown wasn't found, AD reports
Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planing to roast pigs on the spit in front of five mosques during Ramadan. The action is planned for mosques in Arnhem, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, during the evening prayer, AD reports.
Internal security is below par in six penitentiary institutions in the Netherlands. They don't have enough well trained staff and the handling of detainees leaves much to be desired, the Justice and Security Inspectorate said in a report after inspecting the six prisons, ANP reports.