The Amsterdam triangle of mayor, police and judiciary shares the city council's concerns about the increasing firearm violence in the city and will soon announce additional measures, the triangle said. What exactly these measures will entail is not yet clear, NU.nl reports.
A hand grenade was found in front of a home on Snodenhoekpark in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday evening, the police confirmed to AT5.
The police responded to the scene at around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, after receiving a report that a possible explosive was left at the home's door. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department was called in to investigate. The area around the home was cordoned off while the explosive was examined and safely removed.
A cleaning crew found two hand grenades left outside sisha lounge Pure Lounge on Antwerpsestraatweg in Bergen op Zoom on Tuesday morning. A cleaner found one grenade just outside the lounge's front door, her colleague found the second one in the parking lot, she said to Omroep Brabant.
The municipality of Amsterdam closed the Hotel Parkview on Korte van Eeghenstraat indefinitely on Thursday. Two incidents involving explosives at the hotel seriously affected public order and put local residents in danger, which is why Mayor Femke Halsema decided to close the hotel immediately, the municipality said in a statement.
The Rozengracht in Amsterdam was closed off to traffic on Tuesday morning after a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a local business. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the explosive, but the street is still closed for investigation, AD reports.
The discovery of an explosive, presumably a hand grenade, triggered the evacuation of the Botermarkt in Haarlem on Monday. The square was closed off for several hours while the Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance service removed the explosive to detonate it elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.
The police responded to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. The square was released again at around 11:00 a.m., according to newspaper AD.
People in Amsterdam received a frightening wake-up call when a large explosion rattled windows and shook floors early Saturday morning. The blast took place on the Korte van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam Zuid at about 4:25 a.m.
There were no serious injuries, though two people were treated by ambulance personnel at the scene, according to broadcaster AT5. The explosion caused property damage to buildings and vehicles, police said. A reporter for the broadcaster said the explosion occurred beneath or next to a parked car in front of the Park View Hotel.
An arrest was made on Tuesday connected to two false reports of a hand grenade at the Mad Fox club. Calls to police were made on March 6 and April 5 with phones or phone numbers that were used just once, according to broadcaster AT5.
The caller claimed there was a grenade at the club, which is below the W Hotel on Spuistraat, bringing police out to investigate each time. Nothing was found in those searches.
The police registered a total of 527 shooting incidents throughout the Netherlands last year. That amounts to 1.5 shootings per day. A total of 44 people were killed in shootings in a year in a half, the Telegraaf reports based on figures requested from the National Police.
So far this year, a total of 240 shooting incidents were registered. That is a slight decrease compared to the same period last year. The newspaper has no figures regarding shooting incidents prior to 2018.
Amsterdam is giving a task force established to combat violence and threats against business owners one year to come up with measures to combat this problem. The time limit is necessary because the number of ATM bombings and incidents involving hand grenades increased since last year. "The risks for entrepreneurs and local residents are unacceptable", mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council, AT5 reports.
Two people including an innocent bystander were left injured over the weekend in a string of unrelated violent shooting incidents. Guns were fired in Eindhoven, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam in the days following a fatal shooting in Utrecht, and another crime involving a hand grenade took place in Vianen. Several weapons were also seized in a bust in Rotterdam.
The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to double the prison sentence for using or possessing a hand grenade from four to eight years. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security approves of this proposal, AD reports.
The Amsterdam mayor, police and Public Prosecutor launched a task force to investigate the increased incidents of hand grenades and other explosives used to intimidate business owners. The task force's goal will be to find out whether the municipality can take measures to prevent such incidents, the city said in a press release.
The police found a hand grenade at a coffeeshop on Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam on Sunday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance department disarmed the explosive at the scene and removed it.
The explosive was left at coffeeshop Siberia, according to Het Parool. A police spokesperson would not make any statements to the newspaper about why the grenade was left there.
Two Amsterdam coffeeshops targeted with explosives over the past months are located in buildings owned by the same man - 56-year-old entrepreneur Jan Erkelens. He owns more than 10 buildings in Amsterdam where coffeeshops are located, Het Parool reports.
Reports of a possible explosive in a parking lot in a residential area in Maarssen sent emergency services responding to the Utrecht town en masse on Monday morning. But it turned out to be a false alarm, NU.nl reports.
The Ministry of Defense's explosives disposal experts later determined that the object was in fact a weed grinder shaped like a hand grenade.
After the discovery, the police closed down a large part of the Kamelenspoor neighborhood. The street was released again after the explosives experts determined that the "explosive" was harmless.
Coffeeshop New Times on Spuisstraat in Amsterdam was closed by request of the municipality after two hand grenades were found there over the weekend. The coffeeshop agreed to close for a week, after which the municipality will decide whether further closure is needed, AT5 reports.
The first hand grenade was found near a parking garage at New Times early on Saturday morning. The second was found on the pavement in front of the coffeeshop at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Spuistraat was closed down for several hours on both days, while explosive experts removed the grenades.
A hand grenade was found on Eerste Coehoornstraat in the center of Amsterdam on Friday afternoon. The police closed that street as well as Czaar Peterstraat for investigation. The hand grenade was stuck to a post box, according to a photo AT5 has in its possession.
The police are at the scene to investigate.
An explosion at the Mad Fox club early Friday morning was caused by a live hand grenade. There were no injuries reported in the incident, but it was followed up by another report later in the day of a hand grenade seen in front of the club's front door.
Amsterdam's mayor, Femke Halsema, ordered the club shut down, according to a statement from her office released late on Friday. The Spuistraat club is located underneath the luxury W Hotel in Amsterdam. It will be kept closed for an indefinite period of time to protect the peace.
A resident of Van Harenstraat in Leeuwarden found a hand grenade in his garden on Sunday morning. The explosive was disarmed by experts from the Ministry of Defense and removed from the scene, the Friesland police said on Twitter.
The explosive was discovered at around 9:30 a.m. According to the police, investigation quickly showed that the grenade posed no danger to the environment. The Defense explosive experts were still called in as a precaution.
The police are investigating how the grenade came to be in the Van Harenstraat garden.
Two hand grenades that exploded on Hanselaarmate in Zwolle on Tuesday morning, seem to be aimed at Rob Kooistra, owner of Zwolle nightclub Bruut. In October last year, a hand grenade was also tied to the door of his club. The man believes the hand grenades are intended to ensure that his club can't reopen. "I'm not a bad guy", Kooistra said to De Stentor. "I can't do anything about this and I find it regrettable that there are people who have a negative opinion about this."
A hand grenade was found in thrift store RataPlan on Van Slingelandtstraat in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The grenade was found in a box that was being unpacked by an employee. It is unclear how long the box had been in the store, Het Parool reports.
The police safely removed the explosive. According to the police, it was a real hand grenade, but it was harmless as it could no longer detonate. People living and working around the store were therefore not in danger.
The police closed down the area around the thrift store as a precaution while they investigated.
Two explosions in Zwolle on Tuesday morning seem to be aimed at Bob Kooistra, owner of night club Bruut where a hand grenade was tied to the door last year. The explosions happened at his parents' home. Kooistra's father is a detective with the police. And Kooistra himself regularly stays at his parents' home, local residents told De Stentor.
The police station on Stationstraat in Heerlen was evacuated for several hours due to a hand grenade. A man showing disturbed behavior left a grenade at the station, NU.nl reports.
The police station was evacuated at around 5:00 p.m. The Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department investigated, determined that it was indeed a real hand grenade, and removed the explosion. The station was released again at around 8:30 p.m.
The man was arrested and taken to a hospital. After treatment, he was brought back to the police station for questioning.