Dutch parliamentarians are shocked by reports in Italian and French media stating that terrorist Anis Amri traveled through the Netherlands after he crashed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin earlier this month. The PVV wants to call parliament back from recess to have a debate on this immediately, the Telegraaf reports.
Anis Amri, the man responsible for an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, traveled through the Netherlands after the attack, according o Italian and French media Italian newspapers La Republica and Corriere della Sera report that a SIM card was found in his bag that was only distributed in the Netherlands, NOS reports.
On December 19th, Amri drove a truck ino a Christmas market in Berlin. He was shot and killed by the Italian police in Milan four days later.
A major Christmas celebration of eight schools was canceled in Meppel, Drenthe on Thursday. An attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on Monday played a big role in the decision to cancel the event, school director Herman Langhorst said to De Stentor. The organizers fear that panic would have overrun the visitors.
While registering and identifying arriving asylum seekers with institutions like the IND, police, and COA goes well, too little time and equipment are available to properly identify and track down asylum seekers with terrorist plans, the Security and Justice Inspectorate says in a a report, NOS reports.
While the Netherlands often goes farther than neighboring countries in the field of counterterrorism measures, many anti-terror laws are still waiting to be implemented, according to Dutch parliamentarians. This needs to change as soon as possible, was the sentiment in the Tweede Kamer during a debate on the attack in Berlin on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.
The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament.
PostNL fired one of its drivers with immediate effect on Monday for a Facebook post in which he praised the bombing in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend. The Dutch postal service confirmed the dismissal on Facebook and Twitter, following an outraged storm of reactions.
"Too bad there were only 20 deaths, there should have been many more. At least those 29 aren't coming here, great." The man wrote on Facebook
Terrorist organization Islamic State is planning more attacks in Europe and the Netherlands may be a target, according to a warning report Europol released on Friday. The European policing force thinks that ISIS will likely keep to attack tacticts currently used in Syria and Iraq - car bombs, kidnappings, extortion and suicide bombings, AD reports.
Television program Zembla managed to get hold of more than 700 pages of confidential information from Europol. The data is mostly from the period 2006 to 2008 and consists of hundreds of names and telephone numbers of people associated with terrorsim at that time. It also includes an analysis of the so-called Hofstad Group and the Madrid bombings, NU.nl reports.
The measures the Netherlands intends to implement to tackle jihadism and terrorism is in violation of international treaties, including the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe wrote in a letter to the Dutch government, AD reports.
Anyone who wants to travel to a terrorist-control area from the Netherlands can only do so with the Ministry of Security and Justice's express permission. Those who travel to such an area without permission, could face 2 years in prison, according to a proposal Minister Ard van der Steur is preparing.
On Thursday night the police arrested a 45-year-old mentally disturbed man in the investigation into a terrorism threat made against Rotterdam The Hague Airport in Rotterdam on Thursday morning. According to the police, the suspect is an undocumented migrant with a history of making false reports, NU.nl reports
Now seven months pregnant, authorities believe she wanted to carry out terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS. Her arraignment was expected to be held on Friday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte congratulated Donald Trump on his projected victory in the United States election. "After a tense election campaign, the American people have spoken and decided on Donald Trump. I sincerely congratulate him on his election", Rutte said in a reaction on Facebook.
While the official vote count is not in yet, American media projects that Trump won the election.
Maastricht suspected terrorist is returning to the Netherlands next week, according to Limburg broadcaster L1. Serbia is extraditing the very pregnant 26-year-old woman and she is scheduled to land on Schiphol airport on Thursday.
Ramona S. was arrested in Belgrade with her Belgian-Turkish husband seven weeks ago. The authorities suspect her of trying to travel to Syria with the intent of joining a terrorist organization.
Controversial Moroccan-Dutch imam El Alami Amaouch will not be welcome in his "home" mosque As-Soennah in The Hague after he is deported from Belgium ,the Ttelegraaf reports based on sources from around the mosque.
Five men were sentenced to four years in prison for arson with a terrorist intent at a mosque in Enschede in February. They threw molotov cocktails at the mosque while there were about 30 people inside, including children.
Journalist Bud Wichers from the Gelderland village of Gorssel was injured near irkuk in Iraq on Friday. He had to jump out of the way of a sniper bullet and sustained bruises and fractures in the fall, according to the Gelderlander.
The BNR journalist was taken to hospital for treatment, where one arm was put in a cast. Wichers is in Iraq reporting on fighting between ISIS combatants and their opponents.
The day before Wichers also escaped death when a mortar shell landed a few meters away from his car in Mosul and did not explode.
Dutch companies were involved in large scale VAT fraud, the proceeds of which were used to finance terrorism, according to television program Zembla based on its own investigation.
According to Zembla, using the trade of so-called CO2 certificates, the "biggest VAT fraud in history" was committed. The compulsory VAT on the certificates was not paid. Between 2008 and 2011 this amounted to between 5 billion and 10 billion euros in unpaid VAT.
Another 15 names were added to the Netherlands' national terrorism list on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Their assets were frozen to make it more difficult for them to fund or participate in terrorist activities
Belgian jihad expert Montasser Alde'emeh cancelled his talk in Amsterdam for the Brainwash Festival on Saturday because he feared that ISIS terrorists would assassinate him, he said to newspaper AD.
A number of Dutch parliamentarians accused Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice about hiding details about a possible attack plan that targeted Schiphol Airport on November 13th last year - the same day as terrorist attacks in Paris. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, debated reports that two suspected terrorists traveled to the Netherlands that day with Van der Steur on Wednesday
A majority in parliament supports the PVV's demand for a debate on reports that two terrorists traveled to Amsterdam on the day of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year. They want Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice to answer their questions at the earliest convenience
The group of terrorists who committed attacks in Paris on November 13th last year, also wanted to attack Schiphol. Two members of the group even traveled to the airport in Amsterdam on that day, French newspaper Le Monde reports. It is unclear why the attack did not happen
Friends and colleagues are shocked and devastated by the death of Jeroen Oerlemans. The Dutch photo journalist was shot and killed by an ISIS sniper in Libya on Sunday. They describe him as sensible and careful, making his death that more shocking.