Two letter bombs explode in the Netherlands

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

This comes a day after two letter bombs went off at an ABN Amro post sorting office in Amsterdam and at a post sorting office in Kerkrade. But none of the devices exploded and police are yet to make an arrest in connection with the incidents.

Dutch news agency ANP said the sender of the letters had demanded payments in bitcoin.

According to Amsterdam police, an employee working in the western district of Bolstoen was trying to open the letter when they heard a loud hissing sound. The culprit, Alex.O., had extorted the Jumbo Supermarket, demanding for Bitcoin payment in order not to detonate the bombs. Then the employee made a decision to throw out the letter and soon there was an explosion.

Two explosions occurred in the offices of postal companies in Amsterdam, RIA Novosti reported.

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"Thankfully there were no injuries, but those involved are of course very shocked", Ricoh said in a statement.

The police noted that earlier this year several letters with bombs were sent to companies in Amsterdam, Maastricht, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. The explosion caused some damage and the facility was closed by forensic analysis, police said.

A bomb exploded at a bank while another was disarmed at an office of United States technology firm Unisys Corp.

Previous targets have actually consisted of a hotel, a filling station, a garage, a realty representative and a costs collection service.

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