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    No injuries or casualties have been reported so far. The incident is being investigated at the moment.

    An explosion has occurred near a COVID-19 testing centre in a town north of Amsterdam, according to a statement published by police in the Dutch province of North Holland on Wednesday.

    The incident left the building’s windows broken, and no people sustained injuries, according to the police.

    The police have also established cordons and secured the site for investigation. Law enforcement officers specified that explosives were to blame, and suggested that the detonation was intentional. Police spokesman told Reuters the explosive “must have been placed” on the site. 

    "We can't tell for sure what the intention was of the one who placed the explosive. We can't tell before we get them, of course," North Holland Police spokesman Menno Hartenberg told Sputnik on Wednesday, when asked if the police believe this could be a terrorist attack.

    The Bovenkarspel region, where the incident took place, has been known for a sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases over the past several days.

    This has been at least the second time a coronavirus testing centre in the Netherlands has been targeted. In January, vandals set a coronavirus testing facility on the island of Urk on fire.

    blast, explosion, COVID-19, Netherlands
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