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. Ahkmed the terror guy

    @Thanks be to you Dynabelt. (bowing) I have shown from the Muslim Holy Book where we are commanded to drive the invading infidels out of our land. Now show us from your Holy Book where you are commanded to invade our land. True Christians have nothing to fear from us. it is the false christians who invade our land and slay our children. If our land were not full of oil, you "Christians" would not be here. You trade your faith in God for a bucket of oil. For this, you must die.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Icky-med and Dumbelt both of you need a refresher course on the Battle of Lopento. Christians have not forgotten your butt whipping: we celebrate it around the world as an obligatory feast day every year. Further, God remembers your arrogrance against His people and you transgression is ever before His eyes for your have not repented of your evil ways. You will not be permitted to stand before Him...you are nothing but a useless rod to be broken into pieces when done! You and your lot have been marked with a "L" for losers. You will never be treated as the firstborn in the eyes of the Lord you unrighteous upsurper!

      December 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bruce

    To the bonehead Peter and others like him.
    Islam may not be the same as radicals but it does deserve some credit for not speaking out against it.If it is because people are afraid then it has been taken over and is no longer different. Christians speak out against the KKK and others because they have not been taken over and can think for themselves.You are the fool.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ahkmed the terror guy

    Mr. Bruce, I will not speak out against Allah who commands Muslims to drive the invaders from our land no more than you speak out against those who ignore the Christian God and invade.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Its a war that terrorist are winning. Their main purpose is to put fear in us, to the traveller its a nightmare. Who could believe that terrorism will make us stand in front of a machine showing us almost butt naked, now thermos might be disallow in flying, and who knows what else. They are succeeding are changing our life style without dropping a pint of blood.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ahkmed the terror guy

    Mr. Joe, I would be happy to trade showing my nakedness in exchange for not having my homeland invaded and bombed daily for the past decade.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ThomasD

    Ya know, Ahkmed, I hate to say it but I see your point. Sadly though, your right about your oil. All nations need your oil, in particular, the Chinese. And any Muslim that stands in the way will be eliminated either by the U.S. or someone else. The citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran would be better off just letting it happen.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ahkmed

    Mr. Thomas, you are a kind and wise man. (bowing) We true Muslims have no problem with sharing our oil. It is our government's like the House of Saud who are false Muslims and have joined with the invading infidels who are greedy and charge much more than what the oil is really worth. This greedy profit is shared with false christian government's (and their corporations)who stand by and do nothing to prevent it, even though it means the American people pay 3 dollars per gallaon for gas that truly isn't worth even 1/3 of that. The House of Saud shares this wealth with false Muslims while true Muslims starve. It is the same in West Africa.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ron wade

    Glass is the answer. Sand, when heated by a nuclear blast, turns to glass.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. American Tweeker

    hey Ron, i'm looking for some glass man. crystal-meth is easy to find locally but too many people rat each other out these days does your glass smoke good?

    December 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCizzle

      I beg to differ, we should use conventional bombs because we can use that land for something after a thorough carpet-bombing rather than rendering it useless through the use of nukes.

      December 27, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    Are any of these charges true or is this being done for a show in order to scare the public?

    December 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chin-hae vu

    I can't believe this
    Give them the electric chair

    December 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Bunting

    Wait a minute this must be Obama's fault too. Shouldn't people be outraged and say how could he do this to people?

    December 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jbond

    Muslims have become more powerful under obummer. But isn't he one?

    December 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patty

    Ass Holes!!!!

    December 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    i wish the cia would just go over there and crack open a vile of small pox already.

    December 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
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