Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of plotting attacks against politicians and government buildings in the Netherlands.Shots were heard in the Hague, the seat of the Dutch governnment, during one of several raids carried out by the police. It is unclear who opened fire or if anyone was hurt.
Suspects were arrested in the cities of Almere, Amsterdam and the Hague.They include men aged between 18 and 30 and a 24-year-old woman. Security was beefed up at a number of government buildings, including the office of the Prime Minister.Authorities say the suspects arrested are accused of being linked to a terrorist network that plots to kill politicians critical of Islam. Referred to by the intelligence service as the “Hofstad” group, the network is accused of being behind the murder last year of the prominant filmmaker Theo Van Gogh.