Dutch anti-terrorism agency examining ISIS threat against women's football tournament

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch counterterrorism agency NCTV said on Wednesday (July 12) it was looking into a threat allegedly made by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants against the women's European soccer championship due to begin in the Netherlands next week.

The agency said it was taking the threat, made in a chatroom ISIS sometimes uses to communicate with supporters, seriously.

The threat called for an attack at football stadium in the City of Utrecht on 19 July, when England plays Scotland.

The NCTV did not raise its threat level, which currently stands at 4 on a scale of 1-5, signaling there is a substantial chance of an attack but there is no concrete evidence than any attack is imminent.

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