Returning jihadists prompt Dutch to raise terror threat
AFPTHE HAGUE -- Dutch authorities on Wednesday raised the threat of a terror attack to “substantial,” saying the increased risk stemmed mainly from radicalized jihadists returning from fighting in the Middle East, specifically Syria.
March 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
“The number of those jihadists traveling from the Netherlands to Syria has rapidly increased,” the National Counterterrorist and Safety Coordinator (NCTV) said in a statement.
“There is a risk that those who travel for jihad pick up experience in conflict areas and upon return to the Netherlands form a threat because they could come back radicalized, traumatized and willing to commit violence,” the government's anti-terror body said.
The threat of an attack against the Netherlands or its overseas interests has grown, prompting the NCTV “to increase the threat level from limited to substantial,” it added.
The Netherlands has four threat levels: minimal, limited, substantial and critical. The country last saw a substantial threat level being downgraded to limited in November 2009.