Two Polish supermarkets took a heavy blast in Aalsmeers

NETHERLANDS (AP) — In the North Brabant province, two Polish supermarkets in Aalsmeer were heavily damaged by explosions early yesterday, reported by the Amsterdam police.

Twenty people were evacuated after the explosion destroyed much of the stores and damaged nearby buildings. The police appeals to the public for witnesses to the blast.

“It’s a miracle nobody was injured,” Mayor Gido Oude Kotte informed the Dutch broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS).

It was not immediately clear if the explosions were linked. Although both stores were similarly named Biedronka, they were not part of the same budget store chains in Poland.

People inspect the debris after an explosion in Aalsmeer, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, in the early hours yesterday. PHOTO: AP