Amsterdam court damaged by missile

21st September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam’s main court building has been severely damaged by a rocket propelled grenade, but there are no reports of casualties.

Two men on a motorcycle fired the missile at the court on the Parnassusweg around 02.30 hours, according to eyewitnesses.

The grenade left a hole in the court’s outer wall and shattered windows on seven storeys. The damaged part of the building houses a number of courtrooms and several offices of the Public Prosecutor. Court sessions will go ahead as planned, a court spokesperson said.

Police expect the investigation to last throughout the day.

The high-security court in Amsterdam-Osdorp was attacked four years ago. On the first day of the trial of criminal Willem Holleeder and several other suspects, unknown assailants fired two explosive devices against the fortified courthouse, causing severe damage.

Security and Justice Minister Yvo Opstelten has condemned the attack as an assault on the state.

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