Two explosions occurred in post offices in Amsterdam

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

The incident occurred at at an ABN Amro bank mail-sorting office and police said they believed it was from a device that had been posted.

Explosions have taken place at two different buildings in the Netherlands. The blasts reportedly went off in two separate mail depots, one in Amsterdam city centre and another in the city of Kerkrade, 120 miles to the south. In both cases, police said that staff reported a hiss when the letter was opened followed by a bang. The explosion caused some damage and the facility was closed by forensic analysis, police said.

Almost 200 kilometers south, near Maastricht, another employee working in a mail room in the town of Kerkrade came across a similar hissing letter.

Earlier on Thursday, another letter bomb was found at a software company in Leusden but was made safe by explosives experts.

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Utrecht police said in a statement they had "rendered the letter harmless" and a team from Amsterdam was investigating. "No one was hurt", said the Limburg police on Twitter.

This is coming after seven other Dutch companies in three cities received extortion letters and letters loaded with explosives in January.

Previous targets have actually consisted of a hotel, a filling station, a garage, a realty representative and a costs collection service. There was no indication the incident was linked to the Dutch letter bombs.

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