Thursday, July 30, 2009

Immigrant Dutch seek training for Jihad

Kenya arrested four travellers headed for a Jihadist training camp in Somalia (HT Esther).
Four Dutch citizens have been arrested in Kenya for "possible involvement in terrorism", the prosecution service in the Netherlands said on Wednesday.

"According to Kenyan authorities, the four were arrested on the border of Kenya and Somalia," last Friday, it said in a statement. "They are alleged to have been on their way to a jihadist training camp.

"An investigation has been launched by national police (in the Netherlands) into their possible involvement in terrorism."

An investigation has been launched by Dutch police into the activities of the four, who are expected to be sent back home, according to prosecution spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen.

She added that the Netherlands retained jurisdiction to prosecute its nationals alleged to have committed crimes abroad. Officials declined to give more details on the suspects including their genders.

While prosecutors identified them all as Dutch nationals, the Dutch foreign affairs ministry said the four included three citizens and a Moroccan with Dutch residence status.
Read more on Dutch Jihadists.

According to Dutch press reports the four included no ethnic Dutchmen, the ethnic backgrounds of the four were Somali and Moroccan. It is unclear if the four were seeking to wage Jihad in The Netherlands or elswhere after finishing their training.

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