Two men have been arrested for planning an Islamic terror attack in the Netherlands using suicide bomb vests. One of the men is said to be from Iran, and the other is “Dutch”. It’s not clear whether the latter is an ethnic Dutch convert, or a culture-enricher holding Dutch citizenship (and possibly born in the Netherlands). In Germany and Sweden, anyone who holds a passport for that country is described in the media as a “German” or a “Swede”, respectively.
Two arrests for preparing a terror attack with bomb vests
November 26, 2019
On Monday police arrested two men from Zoetermeer between the ages of 20 and 34 who are suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in the Netherlands. The attack, with bomb vests and one or more car bombs, would likely have been carried out at the end of this year in the Netherlands.
The 20-year-old man is a Dutchman, and the 34-year-old man comes from Iran, a spokesman from the Public Prosecutor’s office confirmed Tuesday evening to NU.nl. It is not yet clear what the target would have been, said the Public Prosecutor. No weapons or explosives were found with the men. According to a spokesman, they probably did not yet have them at their disposal.
In a hidden space above a ceiling in the residence of one of the men, a throwing ax, a dagger and a mobile phone with several SIM cards were found.
The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) tipped off the State unit after receiving information that the men intended to carry out a jihadist attack. “They wanted to make use of explosives and obtain training,” reports the Public Prosecutor.
Subsequently, the police deployed infiltrators. “They were indispensable for gaining insight into the suspects and their plans for carrying out an attack,” said the Public Prosecutor. One of the men was arrested in his home, the other on the street in The Hague.
The men have been interrogated, and will be brought before the examining magistrate on Thursday. This will determine the length of their custody.