A statement from the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office said the 20-year-old man, whose identity was not immediately released, was arrested on Tuesday in Amsterdam. “The investigation into the man began on the basis of a report from the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD),” the statement said.
During a search of the suspect’s residence, police discovered a 10 meter (32.8 feet) ignition cord along with a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of aluminium powder which can be used to make fireworks. Police also seized a ‘large number’ of DVDs containing jihadist material and the suspect allegedly had been searching the Internet for manuals on how to make explosives.
A magistrate at the court in Rotterdam on Friday ordered the suspect to remain in custody for at least two weeks while the investigation continues. Prosecutors did not say whether the suspect was planning to carry out an attack and, if so, what would have been the target.
According to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTb), the terror threat level in the Netherlands is currently ‘limited,’ the second lowest of four levels. This means that the chance of an attack in the Netherlands or against Dutch interests abroad is relatively small, but cannot be excluded entirely.