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.
Amusement park Efteling may be the target of an attack by terrorist organization Islamic State or those who sympathize with the group. In June the police arrested a woman in June, who sympathizes with ISIS. She and others discussed plans to attack the amusement park, BN De Stem reports based on their own research and insight into the police file regarding the woman.
Many Dutch schools are changing their plans for trips abroad following terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, according to a survey broadcaster NOS did among 100 schools. Most schools stil go on trips, but adjust the program.
Elita Weah from Deventer and Maastricht siblings Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski were all killed in the suicide bombings at Brussels airport on Tuesday, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs just announced.
Rolf Timmers from Roosendaal and Tom Schoondermark from Sprang-Capelle were both at the Zaventem airport in Brussels on Tuesday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up. They still can't believe what happened, but know they were very lucky to survive unharmed.
Football stadiums are "relatively" safe and the terrorist attacks in Brussels will have no direct consequences for football matches, according to Will van Rhee, security expert at FIFA.
Most trains between the Netherlands and Belgium were cancelled by national Dutch railway NS on Tuesday morning after train stations in and around Brussels were closed by authorities, the NS stated. The decisions were made after three separate suicide bombings were carried out at the Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.
"Necessary security measures" are being taken on all Dutch airports following attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning. The Ministerial Committee for Crisis Management is holding an emergency meeting in The Hague on the situation. Prime Minster Mark Rutte as well as Dick Schoof, the national counterterrorism coordinator, will attend the meeting.
New indications point to terrorist organization Islamic State planning more attacks in Europe, according to National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof. But there are currently no concrete indications of an attack being planned in the Netherlands and the threat level therefore remains unchanged at "substantial", he writes in the Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands, which was sent to Parliament on Wednesday.
Recent attacks in Turkey have been a blow to the countries tourism. Bookings to travel to Turkey is currently 40 percent lower than a year ago, tour operator TUI announced along with its quarterly figures.
For the first time in Dutch history, police officers are allowed to patrol shopping malls, railway stations and other public places with machine guns. "Partly in response to the terrorist attacks with automatic firearms in France, the police decided to accelerate the training of marksmen and expand the deployment criteria of the monitoring units", a police spokesperson said
Johan Kieft, the Dutch United Nations official who was seriously injured in the terrorist attacks in Jakarta on Thursday, is no longer in life threatening danger. He will be transferred to a hospital in Singapore once his condition allows it, his family announced
At least 19 people were injured in the terrorists attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday. According to a corresponded for Australian ABC, two of the injured are Dutch, one of them an UN official who was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Seven people were killed, five of them were terrorists.
Update, 11:15 a.m., 14 January 2016: A previous report indicated the Dutch UN official was killed in the attack. He was critically injured and taken to an area hospital. Seven people were killed, five terrorists and two civilians, one of which a foreigner. 19 people were injured.
A Dutch United Nations official was critically injured in one of a number of terrorists attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, NOS reports. At least six people were killed in the series of bombings and gunfire, according to local news agency Jakarta Globe.
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur were two of the more than 600 people who gathered in the Essalam mosque in Rotterdam on Monday night to hold a memorial for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
As he did after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has once again taken a firm stance after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The Mayor believes that ISIS has to be "eradicated root and branch". He calls on Muslims to speak out against the violence and on Dutch society to be more inclusive towards Muslims.
The Centraal Joods Overleg (Central Jewish Board) in the Netherlands is insisting that the security around possible Jewish targets in the Netherlands be sharpened immediately. This follows the attacks in Copenhagen over this weekend.
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.
According to Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs, a number of terrorist attacks have been prevented in the Netherlands in recent months.
The Netherlands embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia issued a warning for Dutch people traveling to Indonesia.
The monitoring program PRISM from the American intelligence service NSA has also prevented an attack in the Netherlands, according to a report from the controller of the services in the Netherlands, The Control Commission concerning the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD), about the activities of the service in 2013, the Volkskrant reports.