Terrorist link to guns found in Hague cellar

Two plastic bags containing a machine gun and a revolver have been found in the cellars of an apartment block in The Hague. According to the state prosecution service the weapons could belong to a terrorist network linked to Samir Azzouz. Azzouz, a Dutchman of Moroccan origin, has already twice been aquitted of terrorism offences by the Dutch courts because of a lack of evidence.

On Tuesday a 23-year-old woman who lives in one of the flats was arrested in connection with the weapons discovery and was due to appear in court on Thursday. She has been identified by the Telegraaf newspaper as Soumaya S, the wife of Nouriddin el F. who was sentenced to five years in jail last year for the possession of a submachine gun. Soumaya S was sentenced to nine months in prison on illegal weapons charges.
The weapons were found last week by workmen called in to pump out water from the cellars which were flooded. According to the prosecution service the machine gun ‘very much resembles’ a weapon visible in a video testament featuring Azzouz found earlier. This video suggests Azzouz wants to commit a suicide bombing. The bags found last week also contained handwritten Arabic text. The discovery of the two guns is part of the on-going Piranha investigation into home-grown Dutch terrorism which is due to go before the courts again on 16 October.

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