Dutch arrest Pakistani “suspected of belonging to a global jihadist network which is preparing attacks in western Europe”
THE HAGUE (AFP) – Dutch police have arrested a Pakistani man allegedly linked to a network of Islamic extremists which was largely dismantled after raids in Barcelona this January, prosecutors said Friday.
The 26-year-old was picked up late Thursday in the southwestern Dutch town of Breda, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The detainee was “suspected of belonging to a global jihadist network which is preparing attacks in western Europe,” including France, Portugal, Germany and Britain as well as Spain, the statement said.
The Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcabsur said when the group was broken up that it was on the verge of “violent action”, as materials for manufacturing explosive devices were found in the Barcelona raids….