Powder letter scare at Belgian consulate

14th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Belgian consulate in the Dutch border city of Roosendaal was sealed off on Thursday following the discovery of a letter containing an unknown powder.

14 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Belgian consulate in the Dutch border city of Roosendaal was sealed off on Thursday following the discovery of a letter containing an unknown powder.

The southern city of Roosendaal is the last mainline station in the Netherlands on the train line to Belgium.

Police spokesman Rien van Kuik said the street around the consulate was closed off. The two officials who were in the consulate and 10 workers from the office below have been put into quarantine as a precaution.

The letter has been sent for forensic examination to the CIDC, a centre for control of animal ailments, in Lelystad.

The police do not think this incident is connected to a spate of powder letters found recently in Dokkum, Franeker and Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands. The powder in each of those cases turned out to be harmless.

The police have declined to give any more details about the situation in Roosendaal.

'Powder letters' began to surface in the Netherlands and other countries around the world, apparently as a copy-cat response to the anthrax letters that killed five people in the US in late 2001. No one has been brought to justice for those deadly attacks.

All cases of 'powder letters' have turned out to contain harmless powder.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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