World News

Australians warned as new terrorist threat rises

Australians are being warned that a popular European travel destination faces a new terrorism risk, with the threat of an attack now declared “substantial”.

Dutch internal security services last week raised their terror threat level for the Netherlands to “level four” from a possible five levels last week, warning that extremists linked to ISIS and al-Qaeda were exploiting tensions surrounding the war between Israel and Gaza to incite their supporters to launch attacks.

“In recent months, the terrorist threat has increased to such an extent that the threat level has been raised to 4,” said the National Counter-Terrorism and Security Coordinator.

“This means that there is a realistic possibility that an attack will take place in the Netherlands.”

Dutch intelligence services also reported that burnings of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, in parts of Europe could be the cause of an attack.

“The jihadist-inspired terrorist threat against the Netherlands is increasing,” the security office said in its note.

“Organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda are using the war in Gaza to incite their supporters to carry out attacks in the West.

“These organizations also call for attacks in retaliation for acts of desecration of the Koran in different European countries.

“In this context, individuals or small groups within the jihadist movement may feel incited to commit acts of violence.

“These events had a mobilizing effect not only on Dutch jihadists but also on radical Islamists outside the jihadist movement.

“Individual attackers are often more difficult to recognize than groups.

“The war in Gaza has also had a polarizing effect on certain parts of society.

“It is conceivable that the resulting tensions could lead to violence against Jewish or Muslim institutions. »

The Australian Government’s Smart Traveler service advises Australians in the Netherlands to “take normal security precautions”.

“On December 12, the domestic terrorism threat level in the Netherlands was raised to “substantial” – level 4 out of 5,” Smart Traveler noted this week.

“Tourist areas and public transport are possible targets.

“Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.”

Australia’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Greg French, said visitors to the country should “remain vigilant, follow official guidance and report any suspicious activity”.

The Netherlands is home to the world city of Amsterdam and many star tourist attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Keukenhof Botanical Gardens.

Last week, Dutch and German police arrested four suspected members of the Palestinian group Hamas, including a Dutch national, on suspicion that the men were planning an attack on Jewish institutions.

The country has been hit by Islamist terrorist attacks in the past, including the stabbing murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button