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Security Alert - Netherlands

Security Alert


Updated on 19 March 2019

The Situation:

Dutch police have confirmed the arrest of the attacker behind the Utrecht tram shooting, that occurred on 18 March. Two other suspected have been detained for possible involvement behind the attacks.

The attack is currently under investigation as a possible act of terrorism, though officials have not ruled out other motives.

The shooting, which occurred at the 24 Oktoberplein (October Place), Utrecht, left five wounded along with three fatalities. The Dutch anti-terrorism temporarily raised the threat level to its highest level – 5 – in the province of Utrecht, but upon capture of the primary attacker, the threat level was reduced to a 4.

Possible Effects:

• Blocked roads due to police activity

• Increased police/security presence at ports of entry, airports, and transportation hubs

• Increased traffic delays, especially near the location of the shooting

• Delayed trains/trams

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

• Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings

• Travel with caution and avoid the area of 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht

• Heed instructions and view updates from Dutch police and government authorities.

• Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

• Monitor local news and social media for updates

• Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

Affected Auditors:

Auditors traveling to Netherlands from 18 March until further notice

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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