Amsterdam – On the night of Thursday 2 to Friday 3 November 2023, a major explosion took place at a store on Lambertus Zijlplein in Amsterdam-West. A lot of damage occurs and no one is injured. The police have started an investigation and are urgently looking for witnesses and images.
Around 1:13 a.m., a reporter called the police and said he heard a loud bang and saw a flash of light followed by smoke near a store on Lambertus Zijlplein. Officers immediately go to the store and find havoc. A window in the building is broken, the ceiling has exploded and there is debris on the street. There were no employees in the store at the time of the explosion. Fortunately, no one is injured, but it could easily have been different. The Explosives Safety Team Leader (TEV) and specialists from Forensic Investigation (FO) then start the investigation. The investigation shows that an explosive device was recently left at the front door and detonated remotely.
Investigation shows that a person, dressed entirely in black, walks to the building from the direction of Sam van Houtenstraat and places something that later turns out to be an explosive.
The police would therefore like to get in touch with witnesses to this serious explosion. Do you have footage from the period before, during or after the incident, for example from security cameras, video doorbells or dashcams in nearby parked vehicles? Then the research team would like to get in touch with you. Have you also seen or heard anything that could help the investigation? People can report via 0900-8844 or anonymously via 0800-7000. You can upload the images using the tip form below.
The Amsterdam police unit has again experienced many incidents involving explosive objects this year. This is worrying, because the danger environment for entrepreneurs, local residents, passers-by and emergency services on site is obviously great. Heavy illegal fireworks, jerry cans with flammable liquid or homemade explosives do not belong in public spaces – where people are busy working and living – and create life-threatening situations. That has to stop. The police are working hard to track down suspects involved in this form of excessive violence. This has already led to several arrests, convictions and significant prison sentences. But to track down the perpetrators, the police desperately need local residents. After all, they know their neighborhood best. Even if something is not right in the street scene, they notice it first. Passing on information to the police is therefore crucial.
Do you see suspicious situations? Then report it! If you find it scary or exciting to report, you can always do so anonymously or confidentially. Then use Report Crime Anonymously or the Criminal Intelligence Team. This is a department trained in shielding tipsters and informants. They are trained to obtain information in an unobtrusive manner and to protect the informant at all times.
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Information source: Politie.nl