Fresh explosion in Antwerp

Antwerp has been the scene of a new explosion, the second in so many weeks.  The army bomb squad has just carried out a controlled explosion on a second explosive device.

The incident happened in the De Pretstraat in the same area of the explosion two weeks ago.  It was at 4:10 this morning that the emergency services received a first call alerting them to an explosion.  Police arriving at the scene encountered five damaged cars.  A second explosive device was discovered too.  The army bomb squad has now carried out a controlled explosion on it.

The explosion occurred near the Sint-Jansplein in northern Antwerp.  It is close to Park Spoor Noord where a first grenade exploded two weeks ago.  The explosions are being linked to a settling of accounts in drug circles.  Federal and judicial police are at work examining possible links between the explosions now and that a fortnight ago.