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The Hague police arrested two boys aged 13 and 14 last night. They are suspected of having placed an explosive at a store on Hogewal.
After investigation, the Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service (EOD) took the bag with the explosive and detonated it elsewhere, Omroep West reports. An explosive device was also placed at another store in the same street on January 8. Then it went off, causing a lot of damage.
Around 3:30 a.m. last night, the police received a report that there was a suspicious sports bag at the store. The police cordoned off the area and called in the EOD. He soon discovered that the bag contained a ‘fireworks explosive’.
Police arrested the two teenagers near the store. They are still in custody and being interrogated. The police are also investigating whether there is a connection between the two incidents in the same street.
Mayor Jan van Zanen of The Hague said earlier this month that he was very concerned about the rising number of explosions, including in his city. “Such serious disruptions to public order create an unsafe feeling among the affected entrepreneurs, residents and local residents,” he wrote to the municipal council. “That is why this phenomenon is receiving full attention and measures are already being taken, such as increased surveillance by the police, camera surveillance and temporary closure of buildings.”
Last week, a 23-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed on Steijnlaan in The Hague when an explosive went off. The police suspect that he wanted to leave it at a home, but it went off prematurely.