A letter bomb caught hearth at a financial institution in Amsterdam on Thursday and one other was disarmed at an workplace close to Utrecht, the most recent in a sequence of such assaults within the Netherlands this week.
No one was harm within the incident at an Amsterdam department of ING financial institution, a spokesperson for the financial institution stated, though police stated one individual had inhaled smoke.
“It didn’t explode, it caught hearth,” stated police spokesperson Rob van der Veen.
Police disarmed a letter bomb at an workplace of U.S. data expertise agency Unisys close to Utrecht. No one was injured. Police stated that they had “rendered the letter innocent” and a crew from Amsterdam was investigating.
Several letter bombs have been sent to businesses across the Netherlands this yr. No accidents have been reported.
Police consider the 2 letters that detonated harmlessly this week, in mail rooms at Dutch financial institution ABN Amro and Japanese printer firm Ricoh, are linked with letters sent to seemingly random enterprise areas across the nation in early January.
Those included two lodges, a gasoline station, an actual property agent, and a automotive dealership, amongst others. None of the sooner letters detonated.
Police say the individual sending the harmful letters is demanding a ransom of undisclosed dimension to be paid in bitcoin.
In Spain, the Madrid headquarters of U.S. on-line retailer Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O have been evacuated on Thursday after a bomb risk, police stated. There was no indication the incident was linked to the Dutch letter bombs.