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

    amen peter! and the same to you daniel. the article did say no weapons or plans were found with any of the persons arrested. does make one wonder in particular when it was also stated that their security level remained low

    December 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    guess im not allowed to say a@s but if i could it would be to you jeff. please explain how this is obamas fault? or is your real name archie as in bunker? u should just go lay down by your dish!

    December 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ahkmed

    True Muslims were home defending their families and homes during the battle of Lapento fought over 500 years ago. It was the false Christian war mongers fighting those not true to Allah who waged war. True Christians do not abandon their beliefs during wartime no more than true Muslims turn their backs to Allah because some war mongering false Muslim leader tells them to do it. We genuine Muslims obey Allah, while the not genuine join in the wars in foreign lands. Genuine Christians and true Muslims are not at odds with each other in a physical way. It is only those false to their own God's commands that join these "holy" wars, and today's war being fought over oil. I would gladly give you for free the oil if you would just leave us alone, but our false Muslim leaders are in bed with your false Christian leaders and neither would allow this. For they profit greatly.

    December 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ahkmed

    Do you yourselves not imprison genuine Christians who refuse to leave their families and attack overseas? Back then, if a true Muslim refused to abandon his family and go to war in foreign lands, he was executed! It is difficult being true to one's own God with all the temptation of wealth. And it is made harder by war-mongerers who do not know God or care for anything other than riches and what money can buy. Not all Muslim's are as you describe.

    December 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil is Ahkmed

    For my complete apology, see the Pope thread. I promise to never do this again...if you promise not to drink and drive. Please pardon me this one time. You folk's mean a lot to me ya know? Be safe and warm, and have a HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It is Christmas Phil not Halloween!

      December 26, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Friendo

    It always amazes me how these liberal "journalists" can write these type of stories with out mentioning the words "muslim" or "islamic".
    Bunch of cowards.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big Joe

    @KK: That's right KK.

    December 26, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    The one defending his families land, his children, his grandmother, his very being can hardly be called a person of terror now can he? Would not the one in his efforts to steal the land and it's resources and killing anyone standing in the way be the true person of terror?

    December 26, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      Good point. The fact is also that many of these people are incited to their acts by the bad actions of people in government, which should give all people in the world pause and make them think "Holy F'! We are creating these terrorists by and large ourselves!"

      December 26, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Christopher

    You know, I am always hearing about arrests in things like this, but nothing about convictions or trials. What is up with that?

    December 26, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    Mmmmm...not to mention April Fool's day eh?

    December 26, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Don't agree with that either...now Mardi Gras is okay: The only holiday where a lie and a fool can ring true for 24-hours!

      December 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Joe

    The Dutch make good chocolate, and their women are sweet.

    December 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. al

    First off, our lax immigration and borders are so pourous its sickning. Mark my words,this war on terror is going to last forever. It is taught early and is a chain reaction of sick beliefs and generation to generation of self taught hate. I see another revolution coming one day. People are fed up! This is the USA!

    December 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    Hmmmm...sounds a bit harsh. Any particular "lie" stuck in your craw?

    December 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    Dec. 26th used to be sorta like Halloween. Northern slave owners like John Adams (he owned the most) would allow their slaves to knock on their front doors and ask for a treat, like some Christmas leftovers. And they were allowed to commit small acts of vandalism or other minor acts of disobedience if they were "tricked", snubbed.

    December 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    Figured someone would yell "LIAR" by now. John Adams, to the best of my knowledge, did not own slaves. He did reject the notion of emancipation though. Jefferson owned a couple hundred and fathered children by one of them.

    December 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I thought a character of your sort, Phil, would better enjoy the mardi gras, unlike april's fool, the mockery is real. You should research its traditions it really isn't about baring breasts for beads.

      December 27, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
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