Explosion hits Dutch coronavirus testing center

Dutch police on Wednesday said a coronavirus testing location in a town north of Amsterdam appeared to have been intentionally targeted, after an explosion went off early in the morning before the site had opened. 

The blast in the town of Bovenkarspel, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) outside of Amsterdam, shattered windows but did not cause any injuries, police said, adding that 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 blast.

“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.”

Full story over at DW

Update: Dutch Police reported that the explosive device was most likely a pipebomb.

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