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NETHERLANDS: 12 SOMALIS SUSPECTED OF TERRORISM

BlueMax372 2010/12/29 15:27:38
By Arthur Max
Associated Press

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch police have arrested 12 Somali men in the key port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, the public prosecutor said Saturday [Dec. 25].

The men, aged 19 to 48, were detained Friday on a tip from the intelligence services that they were planning an attack shortly in the Netherlands. There was no immediate information on the alleged target, but Rotterdam is Europe's biggest port and a hub of maritime commerce, with huge oil and gas storage facilities and dozens of massive docks.

European officials stepped up security around the holidays this year after a Nigerian man in 2009 left Amsterdam airport on Christmas Day and allegedly tried to blow up a plane over Detroit with explosives taped to his underwear.

There also have been growing holiday security concerns in Europe following a suicide bombing in Sweden and attacks on two embassies last week in Rome.

Dutch police searched an Internet cafe, four houses, and two motel rooms in the Rotterdam area, prosecutors said Saturday. No weapons or explosives were found. Six of the suspects lived in Rotterdam, five had no permanent residence, and one came from Denmark, they said.

Asked how serious the threat was, a senior prosecutor said the intelligence tip warranted action.

"It's uncertain whether we escaped from an attack. What we did is take away the threat that was formed by these people," Gerrit van der Burg said on national NOS television.

Prosecutors must bring the suspects before a judge by Tuesday or release them.

The Dutch National Terrorism Coordinator left the terrorist alert level unchanged following the arrests, indicating that the likelihood of an attack was "limited."

Dutch intelligence services reportedly have been closely watching the growing Somali community in the Netherlands. One U.S. citizen of Somali extraction is under arrest and is fighting extradition to the U.S., suspected of supplying money to the al-Shabab insurgent group for weapons and to finance trips for potential recruits. The U.S. State Department considers al-Shabab a terror group with links to al-Qaida.

Heightened nervousness of a holiday terrorist attack has led to mistakes in the past. Three months ago, police arrested two Yemenis traveling from the U.S. on a request from U.S. law enforcement agencies who feared they were conducting a dry run for a terrorist attack. They were released two days later for lack of any evidence of a crime.

Last year, 24-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who had studied in London, boarded a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit from Amsterdam. He is accused of trying to blow up the flight, and a judge in a federal court in Detroit has entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

On Thursday, anarchists sent mail bombs to the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome, injuring [an embassy employee in each.]


--The St. Augustine Record, Dec. 26, 2010, p. 12A; www.staugustine.com
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  • pamela 2010/12/29 15:50:34
    pamela
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    I had heard about this, just another attack, under the administration of Obama and company. I know this went down in the Netherlands, but ever since Obama took up in the White House in 2008, this whole world has gone down the porcelain peehole.
    As for those suspects, they need to try them, place court orders on their heads, instead of waiting too long and letting them go free. Then what will they attack, or at least plan to attack next. This needs to stop and the more Obama plays around and vacations, speaking on behalf of Michael Vick etc...... You would think he would do something more constructive on what is really expected of him, after all he is the president, and everything he does is on the spotlight. Mr. Obama you need to do something right , FOR A CHANGE.

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  • texasred 2011/01/01 21:42:13
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    Just got to love peaceful Islam and Muslims. They sure know how to win friends and influence people.
  • Sutekh 2010/12/31 11:39:03
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    What the hell are that many Somalis doing in the Netherlands?

    And when was the last time you read an article about 12 Dutchmen in Saudi Arabia plotting to blow up anything?

    That wonderful "diversity" again. You don't suppose that the Saudi's know something that we don't?
  • Chaya2010 2010/12/31 00:53:13 (edited)
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    As long as people keep letting these Islamic throwbacks into their countries they'll continue to deal with these animals. Halt all muslim immigration, start with some sort of allegiance test for all, including muslims or deport them and their families if they don't like the countries in which they live. That should be a good enough incentive.

    There are 56 muslim countries they can chose to return to any of them and be happy. There is no point having military or being the stronger party if on doesn't exercise that power. There is no sense in tolerating their intolerance when they are using it against the state(s)

    What is wrong with Western double think? When they are strong enough in numbers the problems will only grow as is happening in the UK, Netherlands, France, some cities in Sweden, Denmark etc. This is no coincidence. Islamism is the elephant in the room there is something very bad with some key mainstream aspects of Islam.
  • BlueMax372 Chaya2010 2010/12/31 03:49:42
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    nail on the head

    I like the way you do that so consistently!
  • Chaya2010 BlueMax372 2010/12/31 05:14:39
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    Thanks.
  • Don Leuty 2010/12/30 07:47:48
    Don Leuty
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    Way to go!
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2010/12/29 21:18:31
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
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    We have too many of them here in the US already.
  • Theresa 2010/12/29 19:39:12
    Theresa
    +3
    Tell me again WHY did we import these thugs?
  • ronbo51 2010/12/29 16:15:11
    ronbo51
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    send them to Russia. they will properly and orderly dispose of the garbage for them!
    send russia properly orderly dispose garbage russia sinks pirates boats send russia properly orderly dispose garbage russia sinks pirates boats
  • pamela 2010/12/29 15:50:34
    pamela
    +4
    I had heard about this, just another attack, under the administration of Obama and company. I know this went down in the Netherlands, but ever since Obama took up in the White House in 2008, this whole world has gone down the porcelain peehole.
    As for those suspects, they need to try them, place court orders on their heads, instead of waiting too long and letting them go free. Then what will they attack, or at least plan to attack next. This needs to stop and the more Obama plays around and vacations, speaking on behalf of Michael Vick etc...... You would think he would do something more constructive on what is really expected of him, after all he is the president, and everything he does is on the spotlight. Mr. Obama you need to do something right , FOR A CHANGE.

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