Are sirens heard throughout the streets? Is Amsterdam even noisier than normal? Do you see armed police and some Arab looking guys running through the street? Don’t immediately panic, Amsterdam is doing some big terror attack rehearsals today and tomorrow (November 8 and 9).
(Are you in Rotterdam or The Hague and this is happening? CALL THE POLICE AND PANIC)
So not an actual terrorist attack in Amsterdam
All week long the municipality has been warning Amsterdammers, mainly in the south and east, about this big rehaersal which involves tons of special forces units, emergency services and still some citizens who didn’t get the news that this is a drill.
A substantial part of this drill will be taking place at the Haddock restaurant on Zeeburg Island, and another part will play out in the still under construction subway station Europaplein. The drills will involve actors playing terrorists, as well as practice ammunition being fired. Drills will also be held at the town hall and a police station.
Don’t worry immediately, the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands has been categorized as ‘substantial’ since 2013. But there is no concrete threat of an attack in Amsterdam at present, the city has been taking measures for years to decrease the risk and minimize the impact of a such an attack.