Fifth Polish shop in Netherlands rocked by explosion

A Polish supermarket in Tilburg was hit by an explosion on Monday morning in what appears to be the latest in a series of attacks on Polish shops in the Netherlands.

This is the fifth in a spate of blasts in Polish stores, all owned by Kurds. According to the NL Times, the latest explosion took place just before 2.25 am on Monday.

"The blast started a small fire, it also broke the shutters of a warehouse adjacent to the store," the local emergency services reported.

After less than an hour, the fire was extinguished, although fire-fighters remained on site for a few more hours to secure the scene. No injuries were reported.

"The property was badly damaged, the facade was destroyed," local authorities said in a statement. "The store remains closed, and a police investigation is underway", they added, announcing that the uniformed services have asked witnesses to contact them.

"I am very sad," Taha Mahmoed, the Iraqi Kurd owner of the store, told the Omroep Brabant regional television broadcaster. "The police are lazy; in Aalsmeer and Beverwijk they promised to take some action. (But) nothing happened," he added.

A series of mysterious explosions in Polish shops run by Kurdish entrepreneurs began on December 8, when two explosions targeted shops in Aalsmeer and in Heeswijk-Dinther, belonging to a small chain called Biedronka. Despite the same name, the shops are not affiliated with the big budget grocery chain popular in Poland.

One day later, another blast occurred in Beverwijk, 30 km northwest of Amsterdam, where on December 12 the fourth explosion was reported.

According to Omroep Brabant, the stores in Aalsmeer, Beverwijk and Tilburg are owned by the same family. The portal noted that the police had said the series of explosions were probably related.

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