Seven arrests were made in Amsterdam on Thursday, six men and one woman, following an anonymous tip-off that they were plotting to attack the city’s busy megastores to claim maximum  casualties.

The cinema and many shops were forced to close for the day and, only slightly ironically, a concert by the Killers was cancelled.

One of the suspect’s has been confirmed by Dutch police as the brother of one of the ringleaders of the Madrid train bombing in 2004, which killed 191 and wounded close to 2,000. Jamal Ahmidan, along with several others of his fellow Madrid bombers, has since committed suicide, brave soul that he is.

The tip-off came from an unregistered mobile phone in Brussels, Belgium, and warned that that three men were planning to carry out an attack with explosives in the city’s busiest shops. Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen said ‘We couldn’t take any risks.’

How legitimate the warning is remains unknown, nor the motives behind it. If there was a definite threat then the police hope to have stifled it early, though how high up on the terrorist agenda Amsterdam is remains undetermined.

The police secure the Villa Arena shopping centre
The Dam police secure the area


  • enemy2k

    Haha that’s pretty crazy. I was thinking why would extremists want to attack Amsterdamn? Maybe it could be an easy target. Amsterdam is a very free society and I don’t think they are worried about terrorists so it could be very lax security hence an easy place to attack. Also there is alot of tourists from all over the world, maybe they would hope to attack tourists from Western countries or because of tourism it could be a chance at alot of casualities. The last thing I thought of, is that alot of Islamists want Shar’ia law which is very ‘strict’. They make take offense to the very liberal laws such as legal prostitution, coffee shops etc.

    Or this threat may have not been credible at all? You gotta wonder if law enforcement was never tipped off then maybe this could have been a horrible tragedy. I am curious who tipped authorities off, that person is a good human being. I am thankful my brothers living or touring Amsterdam are safe!

  • Well this is odd….

    im assuming that the terrorists must have some really good smoke if they missed the US by that far! HEY OSAMA THROW THE BLUNT HERE DUDE!

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