Weert terror gang ‘could have made 500 grammes of explosive’

A still from the police footage of one raid when the seven men were arrested
A still from the police footage of one raid when the men were arrested

The alleged terrorist cell busted after an undercover operation last September had enough fertilizer and other chemicals to create 500 grammes of explosives, the public prosecution department said at a pro-forma court hearing on Monday.

That would have been enough to create a ‘major’ explosion, the prosecutor told the court.

Police said at the time of the arrests they had foiled a major terrorist attack but it remains unclear what event the gang was planning to disrupt.

The department began an investigation into the 34-year-old man they suspect to have led the cell in April 2018, following a tip-off from the AIVD security service.

The formal case against the men will not be heard until 2020.

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