Explosion hits Dutch COVID-19 testing center, no injuries — police


March 03, 2021


Policemen with dogs intervene during a demonstration against Covid-19 health guidelines, in the Museumplein square in Amsterdam, on February 28, 2021. (AFP)




AMSTERDAM – Dutch police on Wednesday said a coronavirus testing location north of Amsterdam appeared to have been intentionally targeted after an explosion went off at the location before the site opened.

The blast in the town of Bovenkarspel, 55 km north of the capital, shattered windows but caused no injuries, police from the province of North Holland said in a statement.

They said they had cordoned off the area to investigate.

The explosive “must have been placed” there, police spokesman Menno Hartenberg told Reuters, adding that “something metal” had caused the explosion.

“We don’t know yet exactly what exploded, the explosives experts must first investigate,” Hartenberg said.

“What we’re saying is that something like that doesn’t just happen by accident, it has to be laid,” the spokesman said.

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