SEVEN MUSLIMS have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting a significant terror attack. The alleged leader, a 34-year-old Iraqi Muslim man attackers intended to carry out an assault using AK-47 rifles, suicide bomb vests, grenades and a car bomb, according to the Dutch prosecutor’s statement.
SKY News (h/t John H) 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.
The alleged plot was to take place at the site of a large event and cause multiple casualties. Prosecutors say the attackers, aged between 21 and 34, planned to detonate a car bomb at another location. The attackers, including the 34-year-old Iraqi, were previously convicted of attempting to travel overseas to join extremist networks.
Prosecutors said the investigation sped up this month because of the suspects’ “advanced preparations.”
The Netherlands terror threat level is at four out of five. The level remains the same after the arrests. Earlier this month a man was shot after stabbing two American tourists in Amsterdam.