Dutch police detained a man in a conspiracy to attack a vaccination center

Dutch prosecutors say police arrested 37-year-old for alleged conspiracy to launch what they described as a “fireworks bomb” at a coronavirus vaccination center

The man, whose identity was not released in accordance with Dutch privacy guidelines, was arrested on March 18. He reportedly wanted to attack a former town hall in the northern port of Den Helder, 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Amsterdam, which is used as a vaccination center.

Prosecutors said the alleged conspiracy was being treated as a terrorist act because it “aimed to instill serious fear among the population and disrupt the country’s economic and social structures”.

The suspect has been in custody since his arrest as an investigation into possible accomplices continues, prosecutors said.

Early last month, an explosion caused by what police called a “home device” shattered windows at a coronavirus testing center in a small Dutch town. No one was injured in the explosion. In January, rioters set fire to a coronavirus test site in the fishing village of Urk on the first night from 9:00 pm to 4:30 pm, curfew, introduced as part of the government’s latest coronavirus blockade.

The Netherlands remains in a blockade for months amid a stubbornly high number of coronavirus infections. Restaurants, bars, museums and other public places remain closed, although the government is experimenting with easing some restrictions for people who can prove they have been vaccinated or are negative for COVID-19.


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