Dutch government pumping more money into security services
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is pumping millions of euros into the country’s security and intelligence services to ensure they can combat the threat of terrorism.
Rutte announced Friday his government will inject nearly 129 million euros ($144 million) to train and employ staff at the country’s security agencies “to counter the terror and jihadi threat in the long term.”
The prime minister says the current “substantial” threat level, the third in a four-stage scale in the Netherlands, is unlikely to change any time soon.
Dutch intelligence agencies, like their counterparts across Europe, have repeatedly warned of the threat posed by young Muslims who leave the country to fight in Syria and Iraq and can return further radicalized, battle hardened and prepared to carry out attacks at home.