Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Bomb letters explode at Dutch companies with no injuries

Emergency services attend to the site of a letter bomb detonation in the city of Kerkrade Emergency services attend to the site of a letter bomb detonation in the city of Kerkrade
Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 23:41

The sender had demanded an amount in the crypto-currency bitcoins and threatened to send further explosive packages if payment was not made, the Dutch news agency ANP reported.

Bitcoin is a digital currency whose payments can be hard to track.

In Spain, the Madrid headquarters of US online retailer Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O were evacuated on Thursday after a bomb threat, police said. Police have stressed that the company, CIB, is not related to the attacks.

The explosions come a month after letter bombs were posted to addresses in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht.

Two packages then blew up in the mailrooms of two firms in Amsterdam and Kerkrade on Wednesday, although this time neither bore the CIB logo.

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A building worker noticed a unusual sound when handling a letter in the morning. "The employee threw the letter away and there was a small explosion", they stated on Twitter.

The first explosion occurred around 8am on Wednesday (Feb.12) in a business park in west Amsterdam, while the second in Kerkrade took place shortly after.

The above objectives have included a hotel, a service station, a garage, a real estate agent and a bill collection service.

Police say for now they are investigating all scenarios.

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