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Explosions at Netherlands’ Ferry

September 8, 1998

HOEK VAN HOLLAND, Netherlands (AP) _ A man set off a series of explosions at a ferry terminal today, injuring nine people, including two British children.

Police spokesman Anne Geelof said witnesses reported three or four loud blasts in the terminal shortly before 1 p.m. ``We do not know if they were hand grenades but there were three, four big explosions,″ Geelof said.

Police were hunting for a masked man who fled the building after the blasts.

Geelof said police were treating the attack as an attempted robbery on a bank at a railway station linked to the terminal. The terminal is used by Stena Line passengers traveling between the British port of Harwich and this western Dutch port.

Stena Line spokeswoman Sue Kirk said the blasts occurred at a time when there were few people in the terminal because the next sailing was not due for three hours.

One of the injured, a customs policeman, was rushed to a hospital with a serious ear injury.

A British family of four _ a 34-year-old man, his 22-year-old wife and their children age 6 and 1 _ was being treated at a hospital for minor injuries, Geelof said.

A British couple, age 62 and 61, also were slightly injured by flying glass. They were treated at a hospital and released. Two Dutch women also were injured.

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