Arson attacks on two police stations

18th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Two police stations in the southern city of Dordrecht were damaged in arson attacks on Thursday night.

17 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Two police stations in the southern city of Dordrecht were damaged in arson attacks on Thursday night.

A police spokesperson told RTL Nieuws that blasts preceded the fires. Significant damage was caused to the stations on Blaauwweg in the Sterrenburg district and at Admiraalsplein in Wielwijk, the police said. Both stations are unmanned at night.

Police received a report of a fire at the Blaauwweg station at 3.30am. The arsonists attempted to break the windows of the station, but were hampered by the extra-thick security glass.

"Subsequently, a fire was started at the back of the building. The fire did not reach the inside of the station," a police spokesperson told news agency ANP.

A short time later the fire at the Admiraalsplein brand was reported. The fire brigade extinguished the blaze within an hour, but considerable damage was caused to the building.

A witness reported seeing four youths running from the station on the Admiraalsplein, The police searched the area but could not find the young men.

The authorities have declined to speculate whether there is a link between the arson attacks and an accident on Monday in which a young man was knocked down and killed by a police vehicle.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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