The authorities in Arnhem has been intensively monitoring a group of about 25 radicalized Muslims for some time, mayor Ahmed Marcouch said. The seven men arrested last week on suspicion of planning a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands, belonged to this group, De Gelderlander reports.
The group was monitored as part of a program launched in 2012. In this program the municipality, the police, youth workers and other agencies keep an eye on young people that may be radicalizing. At the start of this year, it became clear that the seven detainees were becoming increasingly radicalized and more and more isolated from society.
One sign of this was that they turned away from the two Moroccan mosques in Arnhem, Marcouch said. As an example he mentioned a baby shower held by one of the suspects, Morad M.