Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again facing criticism from opposition parties in Parliament, this time over a never-realized cooperation task force between the Netherlands and Turkey aimed at addressing jihadists and foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war
The police found 45 kilograms of ammunition in the Rotterdam home where terrorist suspect Anis B. was staying
The Netherlands is reducing border checks between the Netherlands and Belgium to 12 hours a day, instead of 24 hours a day, a spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechaussee said to RTL Nieuws on Friday.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim that the Netherlands and Belgium does not under stand terrorism or jihadism is "absolutely incorrect", Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said on Friday following Erdogan's interview with CNN.
A debate in Rotterdam on the arrest of French terrorist suspect Anis B. in the city devolved into a shouting match on Thursday. The debate had to be paused after a Leefbaar Rotterdam councilor Bart-Joost van Rij threatened to rip GroenLinks councilor Arno Bonte's head off
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice decided to cancel a working visit to Washington this weekend so that he can work on questions Parliament posed him regarding the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week. He also wants to focus on preparing for the debate on the issue set to take place next week.
The Public Prosecutor is investigating whether terrorist suspects from France and Belgium are hiding in the Netherlands. The manhunts following those attacks may have forced the suspects to flee to the Netherlands, Prosecutor Bart den Hartigh said to NRC.
Terrorism suspect Mohamed A. was acquitted of preparing for terrorist offenses and financing terrorism by the court in The Hague on Wednesday. According to the court, there is not enough evidence to prove these facts
All evidence is pointing to terrorist suspects Reda Kriket and Anis B. having an attack planned in France, the French prosecutor said on Wednesday
The Ministry of Security and Justice decided to scrap the so called JHA-liaison officer in Belgium last summer due to budget cuts. The liaison officer's job was to make sure that police and judicial information from abroad is exchanged with the Netherlands as well as possible.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice acknowledges that misinforming Parliament about the origin of American information on the El Barkaoui brothers could have political consequences. He called the situation "very annoying", but believes that his resignation will "benefit no one", he said
It is important that residents be alert to threats, but do not become paranoid, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a meeting for residents of Rotterdam-West on Tuesday evening. The meeting was arranged to inform residents on the state of affairs following the arrest of 4 terrorist suspects in the neighborhood on Sunday.
Another Rotterdam home was raided as part of a terrorism investigation on Tuesday night. Officers searched for weapons and explosives, but nothing was found. No one was arrested.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice faced a fierce debate in parliament on Tuesday on the Brussels bombings, especially from the opposition side. To the irritation of the opposition Van der Steur could not clarify what went wrong with the exchange of information regarding the Brussels bombers, the El Bakraoui brothers. The debate was cut short and will be taken up again next week, when the Justice Minister has more answers.
Anis B., the 32 year old Frenchman arrested in Rotterdam on terrorist charges on Sunday, is linked to an international terrorism network that played a very important role in the terrorist attacks in both Paris and Brussels, broadcaster NOS reports.
An EgyptAir flight was kidnapped by a man wearing a bomb belt on Tuesday morning. A Dutch man is one of the passengers still on board, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told NU.nl
"Rather report suspicious circumstances too often than than not often enough", Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said following the arrest of a suspected French terrorist in Rotterdam on Sunday. He will be attending an information meeting for concerned residents on Tuesday night
Exactly a week after three suicide bombings in Brussels, the Dutch Parliament will debate the issue with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice. The debate is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
Seventy percent of Dutch voters think that terrorism is unavoidable in Europe. They feel attacks can not be prevented, no matter what is done, according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond. Following the suicide bombings in Brussels last week, anti-Islam party PVV is up 2 parliamentary seats in the polls.
Maastricht Mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake is opening a condolence book on Monday afternoon for the Pinczowski siblings killed in the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week.
Several hundred Dutch people of Turkish and Moroccan descent demonstrated against terrorism in Rotterdam on Sunday. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb also participated and gave a speech.
The police arrested a 32-year-old Frenchman in Rotterdam on Sunday at the request of the French authorities. The man is suspected of preparing for a terrorist attacks. Another three people were arrested, including two Algerian men aged 43 and 47. So far nothing is known about the background of the third suspect. A number of raids were carried out and ammunition and drugs, among other things were found.
A peace rally put together by several Muslim organizations drew hundreds of people from various faiths to Amsterdam’s Dam Square on Friday evening. The demonstration was a show of unity following the attacks in Brussels earlier in the week.
Glass companies saw a significant increase in the demand for bulletproof glass over the past two years. They attribute it to the increasing threat of terrorism. More and more companies, religious institutions and individuals want to protect themselves in this way, a number of glass companies said to BNR.