Foreign minister Stef Blok has described the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as ‘good news’ for both the victims of IS terror and for the security of Europe and the Netherlands.
Blok made the comments on Twitter shortly after US president Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi had died by blowing himself and three of his children up by detonating a suicide belt in a tunnel.
But despite his death, the threat presented by IS is not over and the Netherlands will continue to ‘contribute to the fight for justice’, Blok said.
Het uitschakelen van de ISIS-leider is goed nieuws voor de vele slachtoffers van hun terreur, maar ook voor de veiligheid van Europa en Nederland. De dreiging van ISIS is nog niet voorbij. Daarom blijft Nederland bijdragen aan de strijd en aan gerechtigheid.
— Stef Blok (@ministerBlok) October 27, 2019
Other European leaders have described Baghadadi’s death as a major blow to IS but warn that the battle against the organisation continues.
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