Chain around police station fence stops officers on their way to…

© DNP.NU’s photo

© DNP.NU’s photo


Agents who wanted to turn out in the night from Thursday to Friday because of an explosion at a shop in the center of Alkmaar were stopped because the entrance gate of the police station was closed with a chain. Police said the chain was soon cut. Whether the closure of the gate has to do with the explosion is still being investigated.

The robbery took place around 3 a.m. at a telecom shop in the Achterstraat. Police suspect an ATM in this shop was targeted. No one was injured.

According to the police, local residents heard two loud bangs, after which they alerted the police. The building and surrounding buildings appeared to have been damaged by the explosion.

The police closed off the Achterstraat and evacuated surrounding homes as a precaution. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service has secured two explosives and detonated them in De Boekelermeer, an area a little further away.

It is not yet clear whether the assailants stole anything. The police are calling on witnesses to come forward and people with camera images that may show something to upload those images via


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