Saturday 16 November 2019

Hand grenade explodes in Amsterdam suburban street

Box of hand grenades and sandbags

Hand grenades in the field. Photo: US Army Europe

Police are investigating after a hand grenade was detonated in Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt in the early hours of Monday.

Neighbours were woken at around 4.15am by the loud explosion in Oude-IJsselstraat. Nobody was injured and there was no fire but several cars parked in the street were damaged, the Volkskrant reports.

One witness told police that a boy wearing a black hood was seen cycling away from the scene straight after the explosion, but he has not yet been traced.

The incident happened near the scene of a fatal shooting which took place an hour later in Bijlmermeer, where a man was killed with what police suspect was an automatic weapon. Police have given no indication of a connection between the two events. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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