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Islamic school in Amsterdam in contact with terrorist group

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NL Times

Islamic school in Amsterdam in contact with terrorist group: Counterterrorism coordinator

By Janene Pieters

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, intelligence service AIVD and national coordinator for counterterrorism and security NCTV have major concerns about Islamic school Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam. In a letter to parliament and Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema, they wrote that there are indications that the board of the school has been in contact with a terrorist group for years, RTL Nieus reports.

The board of the school has been in a Salafist and radical environment since 2000, the NCTV said. According to the letter, it is known that the board had contact with terrorist group Caucasus Emirate for at least three years. This group is responsible for multiple attacks on the Moscow metro in 2010, among other things, according to the broadcaster.

In addition to contact with the terrorist group, there are more "worrying signals" at the school, according to the letter. "These signals include that leading people within the school would like to devote half of the school year to Salafist scholarship and plan to take pupils under their sphere of influence outside the regular teaching periods", Minister Grapperhaus said in the letter. 'Key figures' in the school also act contrary to the government's anti-radicalization strategy.

Read more: https://nltimes.nl/2019/03/08/islamic-school-amsterdam-contact-terrorist-group-counterterrorism-coordinator