Anthrax scare at driving agency

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14 November 2003, AMSTERDAM — The offices of the national driving test agency CBR in Rijswijk, near The Hague, were evacuated on Friday after the discovery of a suspect letter filled with powder.

14 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — The offices of the national driving test agency CBR in Rijswijk, near The Hague, were evacuated on Friday after the discovery of a suspect letter filled with powder.

One staff member became unwell after opening the letter, but tests confirmed it did not contain anthrax, research institute CIDC said.

The woman employee was treated by medics and the office was reopened hours later, news agency ANP reported.

Cabinet greatly concerned about Iraq

The Dutch government is greatly concerned about the worsening security situation in Iraq, Prime Minster Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday during his weekly press conference.

Until Wednesday, resistance to the US and British-led occupation forces was centred on Baghdad, but a suicide bomber blew up the Italian base in the south of the country killing 27 people.

A contingent of 1,100 Dutch marines is based in the southern Iraqi province of Al Muthanna and the Cabinet must soon decide on whether it will extend the peacekeeping mission for another six months.

Hit-and-run victim found dead

The body of a girl, 13, was found on the street near her home in Putten on Friday morning.

It is believed she was on her bike when struck by a motorist who then drove off without calling for help. She died instantly.

The police are appealing for witnesses to help trace the culprit, RTL news said.

F-16 avoids friendly-fire mishap

The pilot of a Dutch F-16 fighter plane narrowly avoided killing three people during a joint training exercise in Norway on Thursday.

A bomb dropped by the F-16 missed its target by 1km and landed only 150m from an observation post manned by three Norwegian air force personnel.

Fortunately the "dumb", unguided bomb failed to explode. The incident is under investigation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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