Dutch arrest 12 thought to be ready to launch terror attack
December 25th, 2010
08:49 AM ET

Dutch arrest 12 thought to be ready to launch terror attack

Dutch authorities have arrested 12 men of Somali origin they believe were about to carry out a terrorist attack, authorities said Saturday.

The country's intelligence service provided information that led to the arrests in Rotterdam, Public Prosecution Service spokesman Wim de Bruin told CNN.

No weapons or explosives were found, he said. The suspects are in police custody.

"The attack was said to be imminent so the national police started an investigation which led to the arrest of 12 Somalis later on Friday in Rotterdam," de Bruin said. "We are not sure about what the target was, how they were going to carry out the attack or when."

A Dutch counterterrorism office spokeswoman said the immediate threat to the country has been removed and the terror alert level will remain "limited," or relatively low.

"We are now following the information that comes out of the interrogations with these 12 individuals to see if there still remains a threat from this plot," said Judith Sluiter of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

The men, between ages 19 and 48, were arrested in various locations. Police have searched a pawn shop, four homes and two hotel rooms, de Bruin said.

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  1. chrissy

    i think you only here of arrests and no trials or convictions is because there arent any. its mostly political hype to keep the fear in the public to justify the wars that we should not be in. if the goal was to get bin laden a cpl snipers would do it

    December 27, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mechatronics

    Geez! I thought legal drugs were the answer to all their problems.

    December 27, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. phil

    I highly doubt we would call ourselves "terrorists" if the USA were invaded by some foreign power. We would most all defend our land, our families and our neighbors no matter what religion we did or did not believe in. This natural desire to defend what one has built is a common trait found in the heart's and mind's of people the world over.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. rivirivi

    The day that all women can marry whomever they love and want and divorce them freely if they do not work out, the day women can be presidents of Islamic countries, and of companies, they day women can vote, have a say in their household, in their town, in their country. The day women are not operated on and mutilated at 12 years old, THAT DAY, I will accept that the Islamic religion although different might be of some good to humanity. As long as Islamic Religion puts and keep millions of HUMAN WOMEN DOWN, this creed, belief, religion is not good for humanity and it will never be good for humanity. Period!

    December 27, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
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