Mark Rutte: Dutch PM’s security stepped up over gang threat


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been given extra security over fears that he may be the target of an attack or kidnapping by a criminal gang, local media reports say. Mr Rutte has been followed by so-called spotters linked to a drug gang, the De Telegraaf newspaper reported. Telegraaf journalist Mick van Wely told broadcaster NOS the matter was being taken “very seriously”. NOS confirmed the report but Dutch authorities declined to comment. The reported threat follows the murder of prominent Dutch journalist Peter R de Vries, who was known for investigating the criminal underworld in the Netherlands. The shooting in July stunned the country, where gun violence is rare but killings linked to organised crime have become increasingly common in recent years.(BBC)…[+]