AMSTERDAM — Authorities in Amsterdam say a 19-year-old Afghan citizen who was shot and detained after aon the metropolis’s principal railway station had a “terrorist motive.” The Dutch capital’s authorities stated in a press release Saturday that investigators reached the conclusion based mostly on the suspect’s first statements to police.
The suspect allegedly stabbed two American vacationers on Friday earlier than police shot and wounded him. He holds a German residency allow and was recognized as Jawed S. consistent with Dutch privateness guidelines.
The Individuals suffered severe however not life-threatening accidents and are recovering in a hospital. Their identities haven’t been launched.
Amsterdam Metropolis Corridor stated German authorities searched the suspect’s house and seized information storage units that may be analyzed as a part of the investigation.
The suspect is to be arraigned Monday at a closed-door listening to. The precise costs he might face haven’t been launched.
A dramatic photograph captured by a passerby exhibits two law enforcement officials pointing their pistols at a person sporting denims and sneakers mendacity on the bottom inside a tunnel within the station.
Pete Hoekstra, the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, issued a written assertion saying embassy officers had been in contact with the victims or their households. “We want them a speedy restoration and are working intently with the Metropolis of Amsterdam to offer help to them and their households,” Hoekstra stated.
The stabbings occurred shortly after midday (6 a.m. EDT) on Friday at Central Station in downtown Amsterdam.
“One thing occurred, we do not know but what, however throughout that two folks have been stabbed and one individual with a knife in his hand walked away and he was shot by police,” police spokesman Rob van der Veen stated Friday.
Central Station is a busy entry and exit level for guests to Amsterdam, with common trains linking it to the town’s Schiphol Airport. The station is utilized by an estimated 250,000 vacationers day by day, BBC Information studies. The station is patrolled by armed police and different safety employees.
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