Although the BBC wants to put the word bomb into speech marks to lessen its impact, the bomb described seems similar in construction to the ‘nail bombs’ used by a right wing extremist in London in 1999.
The Netherlands has become a tense place since the death of Theo van Gogh, in my neighbourhood, last November.
And with the bombings in London as an example I believe that the Netherlands could be an easy target for extremist terrorists.
This country prides itself on being an open and tolerant pluralist society.
Although the reality is somewhat different, especially if you are considered allochtoon, this very openness makes it vulnrable.
As has been witnessed in London.
With this country being the most densely populated in Europe, and the capital being one of the most visited, it comforts me that the police are taking all threats, even from teenagers, seriously.
Terrorist bombings just do not make any sense. And especially not in a city like Amsterdam, with a population of less than 1 million, were you are likely to kill and maim people that you know, either directly, or indirectly.
There are much more successful ways to protest injustices in the world. Ones without violence.
In the words of Fatboy Slim, people need to Drop the hate