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Seven Men Arrested In Netherlands On Terror Plot Charges

Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and Netherlands Mapexplosives.

Police say the men were trying to source AK47s, hand grenades and bomb materials to carry out their attack.

The men, aged between 21 and 34, were arrested on Thursday. Three had been arrested previously for trying to travel abroad to join foreign militants.

Prosecutors say the man at the centre of the group is a 34-year-old of Iraqi origin, who was convicted in 2017 for trying to travel to fight for the Islamic State group. They say they were tipped off about the plot in April 2018 by intelligence services, who said the main suspect wanted to target “a large event in the Netherlands where there would be a lot of victims”.

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Copenhagen Police Close Transport Links In Hunt For Three Suspects

Three people involved in a “serious crime” in a Swedish-registered car are being hunted by Danish police, according to a statement.

Danish Police HuntIt says the three people are riding in a black Volvo V90, registration ZBP 546, and should not be approached. “Witnesses who see the vehicle should contact the police immediately,” the statement said.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports there has been a kidnapping, although police have not given further details.

Authorities closed off transport links to and from Denmark’s largest island Zealand in their search. All of these links are now open or being reopened, police said.

The Great Belt Bridge, to the island of Funen, was wholly closed to cars, while ferries and trains were also affected.

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French Police Chief Killed In Stabbing

A police chief has been stabbed to death in the city of Rodez, in southern France, outside the city hall.

Rodez FrancePascal Filoé was stabbed three times in the middle of the street by an individual known to police.

French radio network France Info reports that the suspect’s dog was taken away from him a week ago. This reportedly led him to threaten the mayor and the police chief.

Mr Filoé died of his injuries in hospital shortly after the incident.

The Mayor of Rodez, Christian Teyssèdre, told AFP Mr Filoé was the father of three children. “The attacker was known to police. He had defaced the city hall door on 11 April”, she said.

Officials said emergency psychological support would be made available to staff affected by the stabbing.

Russian Poisoning Suspect Is A Decorated Military Officer

A Russian man accused of the Salisbury poisoning is a military officer who received an honour from Vladimir Putin, an investigative website says.

Skripal SuspectFollowing the attempted poisoning in March, UK investigators identified one of the two suspects as Ruslan Boshirov.

President Putin claimed Boshirov was a civilian, and on Russian TV, he himself said he visited Salisbury as a tourist. But the website Bellingcat says he is actually an intelligence officer by the name of Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga.

He has served in Chechnya and Ukraine and was made a “Hero of the Russian Federation” in 2014.

British officials have not commented, but the BBC understands there is no dispute over the identification.

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Police Force In Acapulco Disarmed Over Links With Drug Gangs

The entire police force in the coastal Mexican resort of Acapulco is under investigation amid suspicions of infiltration by drug gangs.

Mexican PoliceTwo commanders accused of murder are being sought while the rest of the city’s police have been disarmed.

State police and the military will patrol the city instead.

Acapulco became famous as a destination for the rich and famous but it has fallen prey to the drugs trade and has a rampant murder rate. Last year, it stood at 103 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in Mexico.

The state where the city is located, Guerrero, is one of the most violent in the country with criminal gangs controlling areas where poppies are grown to create heroin.

Federal investigators said they had taken the step “because of suspicion that the force had probably been infiltrated by criminal groups” and the “complete inaction” in fighting crime.

With low pay and little training, local police in Mexico can be an easy target for drug cartels. There have been reports that the gangs offer them money to obey their leaders, and threaten to kill them if they do not.

Local police in other parts of Mexico have been disbanded amid concerns they were in the pay of drug cartels.

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