A van crashed into the offices of a Dutch newspaper's editorial offices near Sloterdijk station in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning, possibly an Islamic attack on the news organisation.
The conservative newspaper, De Telegraaf, has previously published images of the Islamic prophet Mohammed after the Danish cartoon scandal. It received a bomb threat in 2006 because of that.
The Dutch police said the strike was a “deliberate action” after the offices were targeted at around 4:00 am on Tuesday morning.
Security footage of the attack released by the newspaper shows the van driving into the glass wall of the building at speed, but causing limited damage only.
In a second attempt to ram the vehicle into the building, the driver ignites an explosive package in the back of the truck, before fleeing on foot.
No arrests have been made yet, but Amsterdam police say they have found what they think to be the Audi used as a getaway vehicle. The black car was found on a slip road leading to the A10 motorway at around 4am. It had been set on fire.
The car’s registration plate appears to be false and the number actually belongs to a Toyota, police said.
The Telegraaf released security camera footage of the attack, showing the perpetrator running off to a waiting car, a black Audi.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has described the attack on the Netherlands’ biggest paper as a “slap in the face for the free press”.
No one was injured but the explosion caused “considerable” damage to the building which houses the country’s best selling paper.
The attack on the newspaper coincides with the the burqa ban soon to be law in the Netherlands. After 4.571 days, the ban proposed by PVV leader Geert Wilders, will become law in the public sphere, prohibiting Muslims from covering their faces.
Thirteen years after the Wilders motion, the Senate voted a Burqa ban on health care, public transport and schools. The Netherlands will now follow countries like France, Belgium, Denmark and Bulgaria in banning the burqa.
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