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Last of 12 Somali Suspects in Alleged Dutch Terror Plot Freed


A view of the Banadir Internet cafe where Dutch authorities searched after police arrested 12 Somali men in the key port city of Rotterdam, 26 Dec 2010

A view of the Banadir Internet cafe where Dutch authorities searched after police arrested 12 Somali men in the key port city of Rotterdam, 26 Dec 2010

Dutch prosecutors say the last of 12 Somalis arrested in the Netherlands last week on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack has been released.

However, authorities say three of them, including the man freed Thursday, are still considered suspects.

No weapons or explosives were found in the December 24 raids in Rotterdam that netted the suspects, and prosecutors say no intended target has been identified.

The Dutch intelligence service AIVD warned at the time it had information that several of the detained Somalis were possibly planning an imminent attack in the Netherlands.

Western Europe has been on heightened alert for possible attacks during the winter holiday season.

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