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Spy agency: 100 Dutch jihadists in Syria

April 23, 2014

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands says more than a hundred Dutch citizens left the country in 2013 to fight as jihadists in Syria and 10 of them have died — including one who was a suicide bomber.

The annual report published Wednesday the country’s AIVD intelligence agency included a report on potential threats to Dutch national security posed by the jihadists. It says approximately 30 of them have been to Syria and returned home since Syria’s civil war began four years ago.

The agency says it is cooperating with other agencies to try to slow the flow of Dutch youth to Syria, and with local governments in tracking those who return.

Interior Affairs minister Ronald Plasterk did not release further details about the suicide bomber.

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