Dutchman in clear over New York bombing
6 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch United Nations employee suspected of involvement in the bombings outside the British consulate in New York has been freed from jail.
6 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch United Nations employee suspected of involvement in the bombings outside the British consulate in New York has been freed from jail.
The Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday the man is no longer considered a suspect in the FBI investigation.
The man — who works with the UN's weapons inspection team UNMOVIC — was questioned by FBI and police after he was found "loitering" near the scene of the Thursday morning blasts.
Only minor damage was reported in the explosions and no one was injured when the two devices were detonated outside the consulate at 3.35am (New York time) on Thursday.
A chunk of concrete burst through the front door and a panel of glass was shattered. Police have not determined who was responsible or found a motive.
Police said the explosives were placed in large concrete flower bowls, which also serve as a vehicle barrier to the building.
The consulate is within walking distance of the UN headquarters in New York. A firm which supplies bulldozers to Israel — which uses them to destroy Palestinian homes — is also located in the building.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it should not be assumed that the British offices were the target of the attack.
Police said the explosives were about the same size as hand grenades and were made with gunpowder.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news