Six mail bombs discovered in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Utrecht this week

Dutch police car
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Update, 14:45, 3 January 2019: Police released a photo of one of the mail bombs, side-by-side with an image of an authentic letter from CIB. The photo comparison appears at the end of this article.

Mail bombs were delivered to five different businesses in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht over the past week, police said on Thursday. Each of the bombs was potentially dangerous, but luckily none of them exploded.

Authorities cautioned the public to be alert for any letters from CIB in Rotterdam. All of the suspicious, bulging letters carried the CIB logo and Wilhelminakade address of debt collection firm Centraal Invorderings Bureau. In each instance, the CIB logo and address were printed on one label, and the recipient's information was printed on a second label.

"The letter bombs did not cause any damage because the explosives did not detonate, but could have caused serious bodily injury," police said. Investigators believe that the same suspect or suspects sent all of the bombs. There were no arrests announced by authorities.

The mail bombs were discovered at a hotel and a gas station in Amsterdam, an automotive business and a gas station in Rotterdam, and a real estate agency in Utrecht. Police in Rotterdam were called to the scene of a suspicious package at the Van Mossel Mercedes Benz on Autolettestraat in Rotterdam on Thursday just before 1:50 p.m.

A sixth bomb was also found at the headquarters of Centraal Invorderings Bureau on Thursday, police said. Detectives ruled out any direct involvement between the debt collection business and the explosives mailed over the past week.

Police said anyone who comes into contact with a letter matching the above description should not open the envelope, and instead should immediately call 1-1-2 to speak with emergency services.

A mail bomb sent in a string of attempted attacks in 2019 & 2020
On the left, an example of a mail bomb with a CIB return address sent to businesses in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. On the right, an example of authentic piece of mail from CIB. Jan. 3, 2019PolitiePolitie