Authorities in the Netherlands visited the home of the 32-year-old Hague resident arrested as a suspect involved in the Tuesday morning fire at the British Embassy, police spokesman Loek Houtepen told NL Times. His house was searched for evidence related to the fire, but police would not reveal what, if anything, was removed.
Sjaak Rijke, held hostage by an Al-Qaida faction for three and a half years, was reunited with his wife on Wednesday at the Bamako airport in Mali. "They shouted for joy," Dutch ambassador Maarten Brouwer told RTL.
Ruling Dutch party VVD is continuing to poll stronger after a tough election night where the conservative party lost 23 provincial council seats. The election night loss is expected to lead to three lost senate seats for the VVD.
The Netherlands and Belgium are strengthening cooperation in the field of defense, counterterrorism, security, embassy relations and energy, the Dutch cabinet revealed in a press release Wednesday.
A large coordinated counter-terrorism drill will take place Thursday morning in Eindhoven. The drill simulates a hijacking of a passenger plane, and makes use of two F-16 fighter jets as an escort.
The police fired on a man who was waving two large meat knives near the Groningen Museum in Groningen on Sunday. According to a police spokesperson, the man tried to stab bystanders. The man fled when officers approached him.
The family of terror suspect Zaid Koullis is having a difficult time dealing with their son’s newfound notoriety, the head of an area mosque said Wednesday. The 18-year-old’s father regularly attends the Omar al Farouq mosque in Utrecht.
The meeting between Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam last night attracted so many visitors that they could barely fit in the library hall. Several hundred people gathered in the capital to reflect on the terrorist attacks in Paris. "Apparently we provided for a need", initiator Lody van de Kamp from the friendship circle Salaam-Shalom said about the high turnout.
Terrorist suspect Abdelmounaim Hadad (21) was arrested yesterday. Hadad surrendered to the police in the Belgian town of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, the federal prosecutor in Belgium reported. Authorities were searching for Hadad, along with Dutch terrorist suspect Zaid Koullis (18), in France and Spain. Both men are wanted in connection with the terrorist cell that was raided in Veviers on Thursday. The two supposedly fled together.
Terrorist suspect Sabir K. will not be extradited to the United States, the court in The Hague ruled today. This is the second time that his extradition has been prohibited by the court.
A Dutchman was involved in the terrorist cell in Veviers, Belgium, NOS reports. NOS identifies the man as Zaid Koullis from Utrecht who has been missing for some time. Justice in Belgium would not give any information on the case.
Achraf, a Amsterdam jihadist who went to Syria in December 2013 at the age of 16, was killed in Syria on Saturday, AT5 reports.
Labour party PvdA leader Diederik Samsom accused anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders of being as manipulative as terrorists in parliamentary debate Wednesday night. Samsom said that Wilders “does precisely the same as what the terrorists do: spread hatred, fear and division.”
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ruffled feathers when he suggested that Muslims who "do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can fuck off.” London mayor Boris Johnson was not amongst those offended.
Dutch police want more manpower and better defenses in the fight against terrorism. “National and international events have required many police in recent times,” the union for police officers, ACP, wrote in a letter to Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and police chief Gerard Bouman
A new threat issued by a group claiming affiliation with ISIS names Amsterdam amongst several potential high-profile targets. Titled “Lone Wolves”, the Arabic-language piece seems to promote the use of dirty bombs with the statement, “You will feel it when Cesium-131 spreads down the streets and train stations of Russia, Boston, Dallas, Virginia and Amsterdam.”
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan spoke one-on-one with the NL Times following a demonstration on Dam Square in support of free speech Thursday night. He spoke about freedom, security, and how balance needs to be found amongst the two in a city like Amsterdam.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on television programme Nieuwsuur Wednesday night, and lashed out at Muslims living in this society despite their hatred of it. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” he said. “But if you do not like freedom, in Heaven’s name pack your bag and leave.”
Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.
Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought in for questioning by Turkey's terrorism police Tuesday to determine if she is spreading "propaganda for terrorist organization," she said on Twitter. Her house was searched by an eight person terrorism squad.
The five-month-old daughter of accused jihadist Shukri F. and her husband, convicted jihad fighter Maher H., was removed from her home in Zoetermeer, Zuid Holland as ordered by the Dutch Child Care and Protection Board. Shukri F. broke the news to her her followers on Twitter after Monday's proceedings.
In the past few months Dutch citizens have been less concerned about the economic crisis and changes in healthcare, but have been especially concerned about terrorism and international crises.
The number of jihad-goers in Arnhem is on the rise, according to Mayor Herman Kaiser. The police, justice and community are currently monitoring 26 potential jihadists, compared to the 17 that were on the radar in September.
The 20 year old Maher H. has been sentenced to three years in prison for participating in the jihad in Syria. H.'s wife, the 20 year old Shukri F., has been acquitted. She was suspected of recruiting jihadists. This is the verdict of the court in The Hague.