Dutch Covid-19 test centre is hit by explosion as fury over country’s lockdown measures grows

The town of Bovenkarspel, shown on this map of the Netherlands, saw an explosion at a Covid-19 testing facility today 
The explosion at a testing centre on Wednesday comes weeks after several consecutive nights of rioting against lockdown measures (file photo) 
  • Testing centre in Bovenkarspel was hit by explosion which shattered windows
  • Police suspect a deliberate attack after ‘something metal’ exploded at 6.55am
  • It comes weeks after major rioting across the Netherlands over lockdown rules 

A Covid-19 test centre was hit by an explosion in the Netherlands early today in an area which has suffered a surge in coronavirus cases, as anger grows over the country’s lockdown measures. 

Police said the building in the town of Bovenkarspel appeared to be the target of a deliberate attack after ‘something metal’ exploded outside the testing centre, weeks after a nationwide curfew led to riots in major Dutch cities. 

‘What we’re saying is that something like that doesn’t just happen by accident, it has to be laid,’ police spokesman Menno Hartenberg said after the blast shortly before 7am on Wednesday. 

Nobody was injured, but windows were shattered and the site was cordoned off for a bomb squad to investigate. 

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