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.
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.
A hand grenade was found in a the front yard of a home in Echt on Tuesday morning. Half an hour later, another grenade ws found in the front yard of a home in Holtum. The resident of the Holtum home is a member of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the police confirmed to NU.nl. The resident of the Echt home does not belong to a motorcycle gang, but a member of such a gang lives on the same street, NU.nl reports.
A Venlo man who found a grenade on Wednesday evening was instructed by the emergency services not to move after he encountered the explosive, according to his girlfriend. "When he called the emergency services, they said that he had to hold on to the grenade and not move. At one point he just lay down", she said to L1.
Some 120 people were evacuated on Veestraat in Venlo during the early hours of Thursday morning due to a grenade. One resident lay down on the grenade to keep it from causing too much damage if it exploded, according to the fire department. Defense's explosive disposal department later concluded that the grenade no longer contained any explosive material, NU.nl reports.
A hand grenade was found in the garden of a home on Aan de Linde in Nieuwstadt on Wednesday afternoon. The home in question belongs to Harrie Ramakers, president of the Sittard chapter of outlaw motorcycle gang Bandidos, NU.nl reports.
A father and his child found an old grenade in Amsterdam while taking a walk on Sunday evening. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the grenade and safely detonated it, AT5 reports.
The grenade was found in the water on Catharina Boudewijnshof in Guezenveld. The father immediately called the police, who called in the explosive experts. They rendered the grenade harmless at the scene and then detonated it in the port area.
The Satudarah chapter in Geleen threatened to commit a slaughter in the city if the police raided the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse. Messages intercepted by the police show that the motorcycle gang threatened to throw hand grenades into a bar with a hundred or more people inside, was revealed during the first hearing against seven members of Satudarah Geleen on Monday, NU.nl reports.
Hand grenades were found in The Hague and Zandvoort on Monday. The explosive in The Hague was discovered early in the morning, the one in Zandvoort in the afternoon.
The grenade in Zandvoort was found near a school on Doctor C.A. Gerkestraat, according to NH Nieuws. The police told children in the schoolyard to go inside while explosive experts investigated. The explosive was safely removed.
Another explosive was found in Amsterdam, this time in front of a home on Westerduinenstraat. Defense's explosive disposal squad is on the way to investigate, the police said on Twitter. The area around the home is closed down.
Two hand grenades found around the Grote Markt in Almere on Thursday were rendered harmless by explosives experts, police said. The popular district was evacuated at the start of the business day after the first grenade was found outside an ABN Amro bank branch on Koopmanstraat at about 8:30 a.m.
A second grenade was spotted just steps away from the bank, at the Saint-Tropez shisha lounge on the popular square. Emergency workers kept the area clear until 1:30 p.m., police said on Twitter.
A 21-year-old man was arrested for involvement in the murder of 51-year-old Henk Baum from Nistelrode. Baum, who had a criminal record, was gunned down in his car in the Noord-Brabant town of Schaijk on March 22nd.
The police released footage of the detonation of a hand grenade at a liquor store in Amsterdam Zuidoost, and a shooting and hand grenade being thrown at a home in Diemen. Investigators believe that the two incidents may be connected, AT5 reports.
The city of Amsterdam closed Surinamese eatery P&G on Bijlmerplein indefinitely after a second hand grenade was found left at the business on Thursday morning. Clothing store Organza further up the square was also closed because gunshots were fired at the building that same morning, Het Parool reports.
The reason that hand grenades are increasingly used as threats in Amsterdam, is because they are cheap and relatively easy to come by, according to Amsterdam Police Chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg. The grenades regularly found in Amsterdam mainly come from Yugoslavia and Russia, and can be bought on the black market or dark web for as little as 5 to 20 euros each, he said to AT5.
The police again discovered a hand grenade on Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost. The explosive was found around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, in the same spot where another grenade was found last week, according to AT5.
Defense's explosive removal department went to collect the object and took it away for further investigation, NU.nl reports. They concluded that it was indeed a hand grenade, and then dismantled the explosive.
Multiple Amsterdam businesses received an email threatening them with hand grenades or shootings if they do not pay 50 thousand euros in bitcoins to the sender. The police confirmed that multiple reports of this email have been received and they are investigating, AT5 reports.
The email, which is in the possession of AT5, was sent to at least three coffeeshops and Club ABE on Amstelstraat since May this year. The writer refers to the municipality of Amsterdam's policy to close businesses after a shooting or an explosive was found there.
The police found what they believe is a hand grenade at Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam during the early hours of Thursday morning. They responded to the scene around 4:00 a.m. after a report of shots being fired, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.
On Bijlmerplein they found no injured person, but did find a possible grenade on the street. Defense's explosive disposal team is at the scene, NU.nl reports. The police are waiting for the team to finish its work before they can start a trace evidence investigation.
The Amsterdam police found a hand grenade in front of an hotel on Korte van Eeghenstraat, near one of the entrances to Vondelpark, during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department dismantled and removed the device, the police said in a statement.
A hotel employee heard a noise at the hotel's front door around 2:30 a.m., according to the police. When he went outside to check what was going on, he found the grenade.
An object that looks very much like a hand grenade was found tied to the door of the Bruut bar on Voorstraat in Zwolle on Wednesday. The police closed down the area around the cafe and nearby homes were evacuated, NOS reports.
The "possible explosive" was found at around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Zwolle police said on Twitter. Explosive experts were deployed to the scene to investigate. The fire department and an ambulance are also in the area as a precaution.
Since the beginning of 2017 there's been 16 incidents involving a hand grenade at a Dutch business, and in ten of these incidents the hand grenade exploded, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in response to parliamentary questions, RTL Nieuws reports.
D66 parliamentarian Maarten Groothuizen wanted to know how many times criminals used hand grenades to threaten or pressure business owners in the Netherlands. He also asked how often a municipality closed a business after such an incident.
Residents of apartment building Buekehnorst in Diemen were woken by an explosion in a first floor apartment around 3:30 a.m. on Friday. No one was injured. The explosive was a hand grenade, witnesses told AT5.
The explosion shattered the windows of the apartment in which the grenade exploded, as well as adjacent apartments. The police are investigating what happened.