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Six men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to carry out terrorist attacks on shops in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday.
At a press conference on Thursdy evening Bernard Welten, Amsterdam's police chief said that the arrests have reduced the threat of attacks but a risk remains.
All of those detained by the police are Dutch with a Moroccan background and are aged between 19 and 64 years old.
Although some of them have a police record for violence none has a previous conviction for terrorism, the police commissioner said. He added that further arrests cannot be ruled out.
Police are still searching four addresses in Amsterdam in connection with the investigation.
Originally posted by sos37
"Oh no! Not the RED-LIGHT Districts!!!! Dammit! Now they've gone TOO FAR!"
Wonder how many guys are thinking that tonight?
With Mayor Job Cohen's proposed resolution to get Amsterdam to clean up its act, the city will be ridding itself of the bulk of its infamous Red Light District in 2008, planning to reduce the racy district to only a few streets.
The Ikea store and other shops in Amsterdam-Zuidoost are to be allowed to open on Friday morning after the arrest of seven people on suspicion of preparing to carry out terrorist attacks in the area yesterday.
Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen told the media there is no longer a serious threat to safety. No explosives were found during police searches at the homes of those arrested who are expected to appear in court today.
Originally posted by Speedjuh
Is this discussion about the Moroccans in Holland or about the attack?
I suppose it's about the attack, so that is what i'm gonna talk about.
One thing that struck me, is that the police wanted to make clear that one of the suspects is family from one of the Madrid bombers. What do you guys make of this?
Quickly investigating how the governments acts, to me, it looks like it is something to scare the people now the focuss on terrorism threatens to weaken due to the economic crisis. They worked very sloppy on this one.
Like Freeze pointed out, they didn't evacuate the offices above the threatened area and people didn't now what was going on until 12 hours after the lockdown. Further, there were already people who were in the stores (personnel, not customers), while the police got warned during the night. Why did they gave those people time to be in the store anyway, just to pull them out after a while.
The warning came from an anonymous guy who called with a prepaid cellphone from Belgium. What's up with that? Did one of the planners regret his decision to plan this attack?
Give me your opionio on these points