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Police arrest suspected Somali terrorists in Rotterdam

Twelve Somalis suspected of terrorist activities have been arrested in Rotterdam, Dutch officials said Saturday. The arrests were made after a tip-off by Dutch intelligence that the Somalis could commit attacks "in the near future".

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AFP - Twelve Somalis suspected of involvement in terrorist activities have been arrested in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands prosecution service said on Saturday.

A statement said the arrests were made late Friday following a tip-off by Dutch intelligence "that a number of Somalis wanted to commit a terrorist attack in the Netherlands in the near future".

The arrested Somalis were aged between 19 and 48, the statement said. Six lived in Rotterdam, five had no known address and one was a Danish resident.

A shop and four houses were searched in Rotterdam and two motel rooms in the southern town of Gilze-Rijen, but no weapons or explosives were found, prosecutors said.

The men "are being questioned," prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.

"They will be brought before a judge within three days to decide whether or not to keep them in custody."

De Bruin said more arrests were not on the cards "for now".

Dutch news agency ANP quoted the National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism as saying the arrests did not warrant changing the country's terror threat  level from "limited".

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