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By Andy Eckardt

BERLIN — Children are on the terror watch list in the Netherlands, an official said Monday.

Rob Bertholee, the head of Dutch intelligence, told a conference that around 250 people have left his country to wage jihad overseas in Middle East — including at least 60 women and many children.

Dutch authorities have identified a total of 70 minors who have traveled to Syria and Iraq, Bertholee added.

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He said children aged as young as 9 have been recruited for combat training.

He declined to comment on whether any of the child fighters have returned to Europe, saying only that his country's decision to include minors on terror watch lists is because "we cannot rule out any scenarios."

European officials have repeatedly expressed concern about the threat of foreign fighters returning home to carry out attacks.

Tourists party on a boat in the Dutch city of Amsterdam on Saturday.REMKO DE WAAL / EPA