Three Dutch Muslim organisations have offered to help protect three Coptic churches in the Netherlands from possible terrorist attack, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.
The names of the three churches – in Eindhoven, Utrecht and Amsterdam – are listed on a website which is considered to have links to Al Qaida.
The Muslim organisations have called on all Muslims to denounce the threat. ‘We are the ones who should do this because Al Qaida claims to operate in the name of Islam,’ the Telegraaf quoted the organisations as saying. ‘Christian Copts, ourselves and all the Dutch have a common enemy: terrorists.’
Police have already taken action to increase security around the church in Utrecht and the counter-terrorism service is monitoring the situation, the paper says.
The Coptic church celebrates Christmas on January 7, and the website had called for bomb attacks on targets around Europe on that date.