Dutch terror raids in The Hague

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  1. Islam: religion of peace & pieces of Police...

    http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=1&story_id=13781&name=Police+in+tense+%27terror%27stand%2Doff+in+The+Hague

    Police in tense 'terror'
    stand-off in The Hague

    10 November 2004

    AMSTERDAM — Dutch special forces have locked down a suburb in The Hague in a tense stand-off with suspected terrorists after three police officers were hurt in an explosion.

    The members of the specialist arrest team were injured by a hand grenade when they attempted to carry out an anti-terrorist raid on a building in The Hague in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

    News agency ANP later reported that the officers had opened a booby trapped door, but Radio 1 said it could not immediately verify the report.

    All three police officers expected to live, but two of them suffered serious injuries to legs and stomach. The third has already been released from hospital.

    Police immediately sealed of the area after the explosion and revealed at a press conference at 9.50am that several suspects were still in the building. Every effort was being made to end the stand-off safely for everyone concerned, officials said.

    A no-fly zone has also been introduced over the city.

    The authorities refused to reveal how many suspects were still in the building, but confirmed a crisis centre had been established to co-ordinate further operations.

    The explosion took place in the Antheunisstraat in the Laakkwartier district of the city as the arrest team moved in to detain a suspect. The arrest was ordered by the National Detective Unit, or Nationale Recherche, which is involved in investigating serious and organised crime.

    Residents claim the operation started just after 2.30am, with one local telling news agency ANP that the suburb were woken by a loud explosion. "At 3am there was another explosion and shouting. At about 3.30am, we also heard shooting," the resident said.

    One man — dressed only in underwear — was seen being escorted by two police officers in bullet proof vests to a police van on the Lorentzplein at about 8am. Authorities later revealed he had not been arrested.

    Residents from nearby homes in the Laakkwartier area of The Hague have been evacuated and taken by bus to the district council office in Laak.

    The identity of anyone attempting to leave the district are being checked by police. People not listed as a local resident in the council's population register risk being detained for questioning.

    The immediate vicinity has been sealed off and police in bullet proof vests are diverting traffic away from the scene. All tram traffic is being diverted also.

    Ambulances and fire fighting trucks have arrived at the scene, while the air space above The Hague has been closed by order of authorities until further notice.

    The no-fly zone instigated in The Hague bans airplanes from flying lower than 700m above the ground in a six-mile radius around the Laak district. This means airline flights to and from Schiphol in Amsterdam will not be affected.

    Members of the marine's special forces unit BBE were involved in the police operation. The BBE is primarily involved in combating hijackings, kidnappings and other terrorist actions. The soldiers are heavily armed.

    Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner is being informed of developments.

    Also, The Hague Mayor Wim Deetman, national prosecution office chief Marc van Erve, city police chief Gerard Bouman and The Hague chief public prosecutor Han Moraal gave a brief press conference close to 10am on Wednesday.

    The overriding message of the press conference was that police were still locked in a stand-off with the suspected terrorists. Whether the suspects have been implicated into the investigation into the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh or other cases, was not immediately known.

    The so-called "national triangle" — consisting of the director-general of safety at the Interior Ministry, the director-general of the maintenance of law at the Justice Ministry and the National-Co-ordinator for Surveillance and Security (under the authority of both ministries) — is also being kept up to speed.

    Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende described the explosion as "extraordinarily sad".

    "This indicates we are in an atmosphere of hardening. There is every reason to condemn this sort of thing forcefully. Everyone is needed in this. In this manner [referring to the violence] we are busy being non-Dutch," he said.

    In other news, Groningen Court was evacuated and nearby streets sealed off at about 8am on Wednesday after a suspicious package was found. Experts with the bomb disposal squad EOD later removed the package to investigate its contents.

    The court was later given the all-clear at about 10.15am after the suspect package was found to contain fireworks. A suspicious letter was also found inside the court, located on the Nieuwe Boteringestraat.

    Police and the EOD have launched an investigation into the incident. The investigation will also examine if there is a link between the two discoveries.

    There were very few people in the building when the alarm was raised and people waited quietly outside as authorities carried out their work. Almost every court hearing was resumed when the all-clear was given.


    [Copyright Expatica News 2004]
     
  2. Looks like the Dutch are now moving to sort out their Muslim extremist problem.

    To be fair to them, they are cracking down on extremists on both sides, but they appear to be taking a very firm line.
     
  3. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    The Dutch realised that liberal immigration and asylum policies have created a rod for their own backs some time ago. Whilst they are generally very tolerant people, they expect others to be too, and have not taken kindly to the way many of their new neighbours expect things to be done their way and not the Dutch way.

    There was a report last night on how the Swiss have started dealing with their unwanted influx of asylum seekers, which is to make them live in a disused bunker, so that they will be encouraged to go back whence they came - gets my vote!
     
  4. And just in case any of you were still thinking that the Dutch are bunch of liberal pussies (even after all the retaliation [mosques firebombed etc] after the van Gogh killing), they've just chosen the anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn as the greatest Dutchie of all time. In case you can't remember, Pim Fortuyn was killed a few years ago... by muslim extremists... :roll:

    in Dutch:
    http://www.nos.nl/nieuws/artikelen/2004/11/16/grootstenederlander2.html
     
  5. No. Pim Fortuyn was killed by a dutch, mentally ill animal activist. (I am sure a lot of muslim extremists wanted to get their hands on him though)
     
  6. Historically the Dutch are not the liberal cloggies they are portrayed as!

    An enraged Dutch mob tore apart two of their rulers (the De Witt brothers) towards the end of the 17th century, they fought the French and Spanish and trashed the English fleet in the Medway (and on other occasions) and they maintained a Far Eastern empire.
     
  7. woopert

    woopert LE Moderator

    I wonder who the self-elected liberal elite will take to that one over their dinner party discussions in Islington?