Oisterwijk – A man walked into a primary school on Willem de Zwijgerlaan around 8 a.m. He said he was armed and allegedly planted explosives. A large police presence followed. With the help of various police specialists, including the Special Interventions Service, a suspect was spotted shortly afterwards. This 19-year-old man from Oisterwijk has been arrested and is in custody.
A number of teachers and children were present in the school around the time. For safety reasons, an evacuation was immediately initiated. These teachers and children were safely housed in the building of a nearby swimming pool. In the meantime, the location around the school was imaged with the help of a police helicopter. Because it was not clear whether the suspect was still present in the building, officers from the Special Interventions Service (DSI) went inside. They take action if it is assumed that there are circumstances that are life-threatening for the police or others. These DSI agents found no one left. A further search continued in the area for the man. Because it was not clear whether explosives had been left behind, as the man had shouted, the Explosives Safety Team Leader (TEV) and specialists from Forensic Investigation (FO) also conducted extensive investigations. They noted that there were no dangerous objects in and around the building.
Due to extensive investigative work, a suspect was identified shortly afterwards. Various resources were deployed to quickly locate the man. The 19-year-old man was arrested around 12:20 p.m. It is still unknown why the man would have shouted this. The police will interrogate him. There will be extra care for teachers, children and parents/guardians in the coming days.
Information source: Politie.nl