Woman Islam convert arrested, discussed attacking Efteling theme park

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A 25-year-old woman arrested in June after discussing plans to go to Syria and carry out terrorist attacks may have considered the Efteling amusement park in the Netherlands a target, according to local paper BN DeStem.

The public prosecution department has confirmed the woman was arrested but not that the Efteling was a target. The Efteling itself and the counter terrorism unit have also declined to comment on the claim, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday.

The woman was apparently arrested after her parents found a burqa in her bedroom and realised their daughter had converted to Islam. They then put pressure on her to phone the police, who then began monitoring her actions.

She was arrested on June 21 when she went to the town hall in Werkendam where she lived to pick up her passport, her lawyer Mark Broere told BN DeStem. She was planning to travel to Syria to marry a jihadi.


Her mobile phone was also found to contain conversations with other female IS supporters in Belgium and Scandinavia, including one which said: ‘The Netherlands should be given a present that is similar to that which the brothers in Paris and Brussels did.’ The woman then referred to the Efteling as a possible target, the paper said.

The woman, who worked as a cleaner, was released after spending six weeks in jail and is now afraid that she too is an IS target, Broere said.

The police took the Efteling angle very seriously during their interviews with her, Broere said. ‘But we all think she is in no state to set a bomb. We think she was just showing off in front of the other women.’

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