12 suspects held over 2018 attack on Dutch newspaper

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-08 22:51:52|Editor: yan
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THE HAGUE, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Dutch police have arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in the June 2018 attack on the De Telegraaf newspaper offices in Amsterdam, the police and the country's public prosecutor announced here on Monday.

The arrested persons, aged between 20 and 27, are not only suspected of being involved in the attack, but also of stealing or selling stolen cars used in serious crimes. The suspects were arrested at various locations in Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague by specialized police services, including the Special Intervention Service (DSI).

During searches of homes, sheds and garage boxes at several locations in Zwanenburg, Houten, Utrecht, The Hague, Diemen, Lijnden, Zaandam, Nieuwegein and Amstelveen, investigators seized vehicles, possibly stolen car parts, license plates, gasoline, stolen scooters, motorbikes, money and GPS trackers.

The investigation is still in full swing and more arrests are possible, the police stated. All arrested suspects are currently in detention.

On June 26 last year, a van crashed into the head office of De Telegraaf newspaper at 4 a.m. local time, causing no casualties. The driver had maneuvered the car between two planters and had driven with great speed against the glass front of the building. Then he reversed, hit the building again, set the van on fire and walked away to another car. There were no De Telegraaf employees present at that time, only security staff.

"The targeted action against De Telegraaf is a slap in the face of the free press and Dutch democracy," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reacted in a statement last year.

De Telegraaf is the largest daily newspaper in the Netherlands. Its paper edition has a daily circulation of around 400,000.