“Deliberate” van attack against Dutch newspaper office prompts investigation

The vehicle burst after plunging into the building, though no casualties were reported in the incident. The incident is deemed to be a deliberate attack.

The Dutch police have launched an investigation into the van incident in Amsterdam after the vehicle rammed in De Telegraaph newspaper’s office at 4 am in the morning.

De Telegraaf has called the incident, which caused no injuries but badly damaged the building, an apparent “attack”. “Everything points to an attack. We won’t let ourselves be intimidated”, the nwespaper’s chief editor Paul Jansen said.

The police seem to be sharing De Telegrraph’s opinion. In a statement issued following the incident, the police called it “deliberate”. The diriver has fled the scene, presumably in a dark colored Audi. The police are now searching for the person who drove the vehicle into the office and the driver of the getaway car

The incident prompted a harsh remark from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who called it “a slap in the face of the free press and the Dutch democracy.”