An explosion that took place at a coronavirus testing center in the Netherlands on Wednesday appears to have been targeted with a bomb, Dutch police said.
The blast took place early on Wednesday morning at a drive-through test facility in Bovenkarspel, north of Amsterdam. The incident broke several windows in the immediate vicinity, according to local media, but no injuries were reported.
Police said in a statement that a â€œself-manufactured objectâ€ caused the explosion. â€œBecause the object exploded right in front of the building, the windows were probably destroyed by the blast wave,â€ they added.
â€œThe explosives didnâ€™t get there by accident, obviously,â€ said a police spokesperson. â€œWe will only know what the motive was once we have identified and detained a suspect.â€
Tensions have been riding high in the Netherlands since it introduced a curfew in an effort to stem a spike in coronavirus cases, with the measure sparking riots in January. A Dutch court soon after ordered the curfew to be lifted â€” a decision the government overrode with emergency legislation.
Last week, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the curfew would stay in place while other restrictions will be relaxed.
Eline Schaart contributed reporting.