bpost takes security measures after letter bombs

Thanks to a number of parcel bombs being sent through its network, Belgian bpost has announced it is taking additional security measures to detect and prevent them from arriving at their targets.

Two letter bombs exploded on separate occasions in the Netherlands earlier this week. On Wednesday morning one parcel bomb exploded at an office in Amsterdam, while another went off at a postal sorting centre in Kerkrade.

These are not the first in recent times. In January a company received letter bombs, while the same company also received them in in the Dutch cities of Rotterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht.

Letter bombs are an old but effective measure taken by individuals and terrorists, and security is taken very seriously in postal operators to try to prevent such weapons entering the system. bpost’s measures may well go some way to mitigate the problem.