'Insane' Blast Damages Dutch Coronavirus Test Centre
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Wed 03rd March 2021 | 04:42 PM
An explosion struck a Dutch coronavirus test centre in a "cowardly act of destruction" on Wednesday, shattering windows but causing no injuries, police and government officials said
Bovenkarspel (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Mar, 2021 ) :An explosion struck a Dutch coronavirus test centre in a "cowardly act of destruction" on Wednesday, shattering windows but causing no injuries, police and government officials said.
"Police were called at 6.55 am by a security guard from the corona test centre to say that an explosion had taken place. He had heard a loud bang and then saw that several windows of the building had broken," a police statement said.
"It's not possible that this was by accident, the object was placed there and exploded near the front of the test centre," Hartenberg told AFP by telephone.
"We are not ruling anything out and can't say anything about a motive, an investigation is underway." Hartenberg added: "It was a metal object somewhere between a tube and a canister." Police forensics officers in white overalls were conducting a fingertip search of the area, which was cordoned off, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge condemned the attack, saying public health authorities were "terribly shocked".
"For over a year now, we have relied heavily on the people on the front lines. And then this. Insane," de Jonge said on Twitter.
The Dutch GGD public health department said it was "horrified" by the "aggressive and intimidating" incident.
A bomb squad was sent to determine whether any explosive material remained at the scene, public television network NOS reported.
- Virus outbreak - The part of the Netherlands in which Bovenkarspel is located is currently suffering one of the country's most serious outbreaks, with 81 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to a national average of 27.2, NOS said.
Some 1.3 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine.
The Netherlands suffered several nights of rioting, the most violent the country has seen in decades.
The blast in Bovenkarspel came as the Dutch government on Wednesday began easing its toughest anti-virus measures since the pandemic began, ahead of elections in two weeks.
Hairdressers and other non-contact professions were allowed to reopen after several months of closure.
Anger over the Covid measures has been growing in the Netherlands, as well as support for conspiracy theories about the virus.
Wednesday's explosion was also not the first case of suspected violence linked to the pandemic around the world.