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Man with rifle, ammo and image of IS flag at Rotterdam home detained

Dutch police detained a man on suspicion of preparing a terrorist crime after finding a Kalashnikov rifle, two full ammunition clips and a painting featuring an Islamic State flag at his home, prosecutors have said.

The suspect was detained on Wednesday by a special arrest team in the port city of Rotterdam following an investigation that was triggered by a tip from the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service, prosecutors said in a statement.

The 30-year-old man appeared before an investigating judge on Friday and was ordered to be held for two more weeks.

Along with the weapons and image of the IS flag, officers who searched the man's home also uncovered four boxes of highly explosive illegal fireworks, mobile telephones and 1,600 euro (£1,340) in cash.

Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the National Prosecutor's Office, said investigators do not think at this stage that other suspects are linked to the Rotterdam resident.

"The whole investigation and information from the intelligence services was linked to this one man," Mr De Bruin said.

"But I don't know what else might come out of the investigation."

Mr De Bruin said the nature of the threat the man allegedly posed remained unclear.

"That is part of the investigation, but not known," he said.

The suspect's identity was not released, in line with Dutch privacy guidelines, but Mr De Bruin said he was a Dutch national.

Last month, the Dutch intelligence service warned that the country remained at risk from Islamic extremists inspired by IS. The threat level for the country is at four on a scale that rises to five.

The Wednesday arrest was not the first time a terror suspect has been detained in Rotterdam.

In March, a 32-year-old Frenchman was arrested at the request of French authorities who suspected him of involvement in a terror plot.

Mr De Bruin said Wednesday's operation had no connection to that arrest.



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