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Dutch police arrest suspected terrorist
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-03-15 15:48
Dutch police have arrested a Pakistani man suspected of involvement in an international terrorist network which was plotting attacks in Western Europe, the Dutch public prosecution department said Friday.

The network, suspected of masterminding a foiled suicide attack in Barcelona in January, was preparing for attacks in France, Portugal, Germany and England, the department said in a statement.

Dutch news agency ANP quoted Spanish newspapers as saying the attacks were planned against supporters of assassinated Pakistan politician Benazir Bhutto.

The 26-year-old man, who has been living in the Netherlands since September 2007, is taking a four-year college degree course. However, he attended few classes and spent much time working as a house painter.

The man has been under observation since the Dutch investigation began in February, and he was arrested as a precaution, the department said. There are no indications that he was preparing to carry out an attack in the Netherlands.

He will appear in court in Rotterdam on Monday.

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