Friday 30 September 2016

Dutch police arrest man (32) on suspicion of planning terror act

Published 27/03/2016 | 20:43

French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris
French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris

Dutch police have arrested a 32-year-old Frenchman in the port city of Rotterdam at the request of French authorities who suspect him of "involvement in planning a terror attack".

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Residents were evacuated from homes near addresses on two streets that were raided by anti-terror police, who also took three other men into custody.

French officials requested the arrest on Friday after the suspect emerged during an investigation, according to a statement from the Dutch national prosecutor's office.

Spokesman Wim de Bruin declined to give more details about the alleged plot, saying it was a French investigation.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, is expected to be extradited to France soon.

Three other men were detained in Sunday's raids; two with Algerian backgrounds, and a third man whose identity could not immediately be established.

Mr de Bruin said the three were held in relation to a Dutch investigation, and gave no further details.

The raids come with Europe on high alert following last Tuesday's suicide bombings in Brussels, which killed at least 31 people.

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