In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, two explosions took place in the outskirts of Antwerp. In Zoersel a front door was blown out, in Mortsel the damage was limited. Dovo and the forensic laboratory arrived at both locations for trace evidence.
Around half past three, the emergency services received several calls from residents about an explosion on the Kerkhoflei in Sint-Antonius (Zoersel). Upon arrival it turned out that the front door of a detached house had been blown up. Planks from the front door lay in pieces on the floor.
It is still unclear what exactly exploded. The local police in Voorkempen set up a perimeter. The Dovo mine clearance service and the forensic laboratory were requested on site.
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An hour earlier, the residents of Vuurkruisenlaan in Mortsel were startled by an explosion. The bang was audible as far as the Minos local police station, a street from where it happened. The damage was very limited.
Here too, the police set up a perimeter, and Dovo and the forensic laboratory arrived on site for trace evidence.
The Antwerp public prosecutor’s office has started an investigation. Whether both facts can be linked is being investigated, as is a link with the drug environment.