A sign hanging in front of a Dutch police post. April 30, 2006 - Source: Photo: M.M.Minderhoud via Michiel1972 at Wikimedia Commons - License: CC-BY-SA
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 11:12
Car bomb suspect released; Police: no explosives in home
The police released Deen de G., the 69 year old man arrested in connection with the car explosion in Breda last week, on Tuesday afternoon. Further investigation revealed that the "suspicious material" found in his home are note explosives. De G. was arrested on Thursday after a car explosion critically injured 63 year old Chris van Esch the night before. A search of De G.'s house revealed what was believed to be explosives and he was arrested on suspicion of violation of the Weapons and Ammunition Act. Further investigation showed that the found materials are not explosives and De G. was released. He is still a suspect, his lawyer told Omroep Brabant. De G.'s neighbor told the broadcaster that he is very glad about the release, saying that he knows De G. well and can't believe that he would have explosives in his home. "He's just a caring man who always says hello in the morning", the neighbor said. "I think it's a very strange story. I'm really relieved that it wasn't explosives." The circumstances surrounding the car bomb are still very unclear. Victim Chris van Esch has a very long criminal record and is believed to be a member of biker gang Satudarah. The police believe that the explosion was caused by a "heavy explosive" placed in or under the car. Van Esch is still in the hospital and the police have not been able to speak to him yet.