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Several individuals taken hostage in Netherlands; no purpose to suspect ‘terrorist motive’, say police


Firefighters collect in Eden, on March 30, 2024. Heavily armed police have cordoned off a part of a Dutch city and say that a number of individuals are being held hostage in a constructing there.
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Several individuals have been taken hostage in a city in central Netherlands on March 30, based on police, with homes evacuated and the city centre closed down.

Police stated there was at present no purpose to suspect a “terrorist motive” for the incident in Ede.

“A hostage situation involving several people is underway in a building in the centre” of the city of Ede, police stated in a press release on X, previously Twitter.

It just isn’t recognized how many individuals are being held however native media have reported round 4 or 5 individuals are concerned.

Police stated that they had cleared a cordon round a restaurant, with residents of round 150 homes being dropped at security.

The native municipality stated on its web site that the city centre had been closed off and that riot police and explosives specialists had been on the scene.

Authorities known as on residents to keep away from the city centre and practice visitors was being diverted.

“We see there are many questions about the motive. At this time there is no indication of a terrorist motive,” police stated.

The Netherlands has seen a collection of terror assaults and plots however not on the size of different European nations, reminiscent of France or Britain.

In 2019, the nation was shocked by a capturing spree on a tram within the metropolis of Utrecht that claimed 4 lives.

A Turkish-born man recognized as Gokmen Tanis later admitted a terror motive for the rampage that just about shut down the nation’s fourth greatest metropolis.

Also in 2019, Dutch police charged two suspected jihadists with planning a terror assault utilizing suicide bombs and automobile bombs. Authorities stated an assault was deliberate that 12 months.

A younger Afghan man recognized solely as “Jawed S.” stabbed two American vacationers at Amsterdam Central Station in 2018, later telling judges he needed “to protect the Prophet Mohammed.”

The assault got here a day after far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders introduced he was cancelling a plan to stage a cartoon competitors to caricature the Prophet Mohammed.

At the time Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid urged Muslims to assault Dutch troops after Wilders’ “hostile act by this country (the Netherlands) against all Muslims.”

In essentially the most severe incident involving a terror assault, outspoken Dutch anti-Islam movie director Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed to loss of life in 2004 in Amsterdam by a person with ties to a Dutch Islamist terror community.

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