A week and a half ago, police arrested a man from Groningen in the village of De Lutte in Overijssel on suspicion of preparing a terror attack.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that during a search of the 48-year-old man’s home, police allegedly found firearms, ammunition and documents praising an armed conflict against “non-believers”.
A criminal investigation into the man began on the 15thof February based on information from the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD). According to intelligence services, the suspect allegedly not only had a firearm in his possession, but he was also believed to be a supporter of ISIS and their terrorist activities.
During the search of the building where the man was found in De Lutte and at his home in Groningen, the police obtained mobile phones, a laptop and a number of data storage devices. In the fuse box of the Groningen property, the police found a children’s book bag which contained a pistol, a cartridge holder and a box of ammunition. The police also obtained documents praising armed conflict against “non-believers”.
After the man was taken into custody, he appeared before a judge in Rotterdam and was sentenced to remain in detention for two weeks. The court decided to extend his detention period for an additional 90 days on Tuesday of this week. The police say that the suspect is not cooperating.