The Netherlands has approximately 500 jihadists and several thousand sympathizers of jihadist ideology, general intelligence service AIVD said in a report published on Monday. "They pose a potential threat. The threshold for committing an attack in the name of Islamic State or Al Qaeda seems to have decreased", the AIVD said, NU.nl reports.
Illustrative of this threat is the September arrests of seven men suspected of planning an attack at an event in the Netherlands, the AIVD said. Which event they were targeting, was not revealed. The AIVD had been keeping an eye on the men for some time. They are suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in the Netherlands and participating in a terrorist organization. They are still in custody.