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. mark from mntaxwaste.com

    Islam its a cancer

    December 25, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • LightReminder108

      Islam is not the cancer. Fanaticism is. Fanaticism in any costume, whether Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh ... you name it. Truth is One; the wise call God by various Names, all of which are beautiful: Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Christ, Yahweh, etc.

      December 25, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Corner

      He's right, Islam is a cancer. It's time for chemo. Lets get rid of this cancer

      December 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      I 100% agree with LightReminder108. It's not the religion, it's fanaticism. As for Jerry Corner referring to chemo, that's a slap in the face for people who actually have cancer and/or need chemo. Have some respect please.

      December 26, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Friendo

      It is the religion. The terrorists are doing exactly what their good book tells them to do.

      December 26, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      I'd side with lightreminder. ...there are all kinds of crazies out there

      December 27, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robbin Toyle

    Granted terrorism is a abhorrent and terrible thing but let's face it... war is inevitable, you can't complain when the enemy isn't playing fair, by that logic you're not playing fair because you have better technology and weaponry.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well said,Robbin. Thank you.

      December 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Russell

    Has anyone told Jim Clapper?

    December 25, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. rags

    They're not playing fair because they're insensible to anything but what they've been brainwashed to believe. These poor souls have no life. They've been brainwashed since they were babies and what they do is the only thing they know how to do.
    Besides, whenever has war been fair to anybody?

    December 25, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. George

    It's war on a global scale, and it will never end. Civilization vs Islam.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Sorry you must stand corrected: christianity vs Islam

      December 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Bourne Blogger

    Sucks for these guys... They're gunna miss "A Christmas Story" marathon...

    December 25, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Yep, you think with all this cold weather they would huddled around the fire with marshmallows making smores...now they'll be roasting in jail!

      December 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sagebrush Shorty

    Lax immigration policies have bitten every country that allowed these animals sanctuary.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Faberm

    Send them all back to Somalia where they can live like they want to live. These muslim extremists who hate the west should not be allowed to enjoy one moment of freedom that the west cherishes.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peter

    When are you boneheaded idiots going to learn the difference between RADICAL Muslims and regular Muslims. I suppose I should judge all Christians by the acts of the Westboro Baptist Church or the KKK burning the cross of Jesus Christ on a lawn. Fools.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Norris

      I will learn it when I stop seeing "radicals" being a part of *every* Muslim community
      Indonesia india chechenya Nigeria Somalia all have something in common – radical Islam and terrorism
      Thanks to the irresponsible immigration policy of west – now wast shares it too
      This has nothing to do with foreign policy of a country – Islam pollutes Islam draws you back Islam doesn't want you to change or assimilate
      78% of immigration last year was based on relationship
      An immigrant citizen can get a green card for his old parents in less than 6 months
      And once their parents are here they can bring all their children in another 6 months
      And we are forced to believe that these old and uneducated people will contribute to the economy
      Oh did I tell you if you are older than 65 in places like California your complete medical expenses are paid for by tax payers
      I think ma doesn't even need you to be 65
      West is doomed
      But that's to be expected to a bunch of sadomasochists indulged in self flagellation
      Next time you see a moderate Muslim ask him if he knows about any mosques where they pray for the fallen American soldiers

      December 25, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • JCizzle

      It's all the same to me, the more extremist are just following their religion to the letter of the law. After all, it is the word of whatever god they believe in. The "regular" followers that don't follow the violence prescribed by religion do so because they know better and are smart enough to realize that religion is stupid. In that case, they are better people despite religon, not because of it.

      December 27, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Samsta

    Give them brians and remove the rag ah-taaa head

    December 25, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. meh

    la la la la la la la la la la la la la................silly muslims

    December 25, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      No! Its fah ha-la ha-la fah-la la la!

      December 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ahkmed the terror guy

    True Muslims follow the Quran, just as true Christians follow the bible. The Quran is quite clear: "Slay the infidels wherever you find them and drive them out..." (Sura 2:161) Only true Muslims do this. False-Muslims fefer to true-Muslims as extreme, when we are simply following Allah's commands. We seeAmericans have the same problem with Christianity. Some follow the bible, but most ignore it.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ahkmed the terror guy

    Allah commands Muslim's. "Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it"(Sura 2:216) Many false Muslim's ignore this command found in the Quran, just as many false Christians ignore the bibles commands to "Learn war no more" and to "Beat your swords into plowshears". (Isa. 2:4, Joel 3:10)

    December 25, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dynabelt

    Amen, Ahkmed!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ed

    Liberalism. Stop importing Somalis!

    December 25, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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