Letter bomb found at Amsterdam mail sorting centre contained extortion demand, say police
12 Feb 2020
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A letter bomb that detonated on Wednesday in an Amsterdam mail sorting centre was sent by an extortionist who was demanding payment in bitcoins, police said. Nobody was injured when the package went off in the mail sorting office.
A half-hour later, another letter bomb went off in the southern city of Kerkrade, also without injuring anybody. In both cases, police said that staff reported a hiss when the letter was opened followed by a bang.
Amsterdam police said in a statement that they were taking into account the possibility that the letters are linked to a string of letter bombs and warning letters sent to businesses last month. None of those devices detonated.
There have been no arrests announced in the investigation.