Anti-terrorism crackdown in the Netherlands

Dutch police carried out an early morning counterterrorism operation in Eindhoven on Thursday.

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The national prosecutor's office of the Netherlands announces this Friday, September 24 in a press release the results of a large police operation carried out Thursday in Eindhoven, in the south of the Kingdom.

And the prosecution does not hide its satisfaction by announcing the arrest of nine terrorists who were preparing an attack in the Netherlands.


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With our correspondent in Brussels


Pierre Bénazet

The Dutch police carried out their operations in the early hours of this Thursday in Eindhoven;

at five o'clock a helicopter flew over the northern districts of the city.

A large-scale operation led to the arrest of nine men whom the prosecution suspects "

of having trained and of having prepared a terrorist attack


The prosecution describes these nine suspects, aged 18 to 31, as supporters of Daesh.

One of them is Afghan, the others were all born in the Netherlands.

Neither weapons nor explosives were discovered during the searches, but on the other hand the prosecution claims to have seized "

a large amount of data


This crackdown was carried out very shortly after the start of the investigation since it was opened only this summer, following information from the AIVD, the Dutch intelligence agency.

Even if the Batavian judicial authorities have not yet identified the potential target of the terrorists, we feel them particularly on the alert.

The investigation into the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015 pointed to Amsterdam-Schiphol airport among the targets envisaged by the cell currently on trial in Paris.

The Netherlands know they are a potential target for terrorists


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