Dutch police arrest seven for plotting attack

Dutch police arrest seven for plotting attack”

"One of the men from Arnhem wanted to commit an attack with a group at a major event in the Netherlands and kill many victims, according to the Dutch Intelligence Service (AIVD)", the prosecutor's office said.

Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and explosives.

Heavily armed police arrested the men on Thursday in the towns of Arnhem, about 62 miles (100km) south of Amsterdam, and Weert close to the borders of Belgium and Germany.

Police say the men were trying to source automatic weapons, hand grenades and bomb materials and planned to carry out an attack at a large public event.

The suspects, who investigators said were in possession of small arms when they were detained, are expected to appear in court in Rotterdam on Friday.

The 34-year-old man and two of the other suspects were previously convicted of traveling overseas to fight for "Islamic State" militants.

The investigation was speeded up this month as there were fears that the suspects were at an advanced stage in their preparations.

Minister for Justice and Security Ferd Grapperhaus told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that police acted in time to prevent an attack. "But they were quite far in their preparations".

The threat level in the Netherlands is now set at four out of a maximum five. The level remains the same after the arrests.

"Jihad networks are also active in the Netherlands with the intention to plot attacks in Europe", the office said.

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