‘ Terrorist motive’ for stabbing of two US tourists in Amsterdam

19-year-old German resident from Afghanistan suspected of extremism, says Dutch PM

A 19 -year-old Afghan citizen had a” terrorist motive” for allegedly stabbing two Americans at the main train station in Amsterdam, city authorities in the Dutch capital have said.

Amsterdam police shot and wounded the suspect after the double stabbing on Friday at Central station. The local government said hours later that it seemed the victims were not targeted for a specific reason.

After the US ambassador to the Netherlands on Saturday identified the people injured as American tourists, Amsterdam City Hall gave an update.

” Based on the suspect’s first statements, he had a terrorist motive ,” the city administration said in a statement that did not elaborate on what the statements were or how they showed intent.

The wounded Americans were recovering in a hospital from what police termed serious but not life-threatening traumata. Their identities have not been released. The suspect, who was identified only as Jawed S in line with privacy regulations in the Netherlands, also remains hospitalised.

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, corroborated on Twitter that the results of this survey on Saturday was focused on radical ideology.

The suspect had a residency permit from Germany. German authorities searched his home and confiscated data storage devices that would be analysed as part of the investigation, the city government said.

He was scheduled to be arraigned during a closed-door hearing with an investigating judge on Monday. Dutch officials did not disclose the charges he could face.

A statement issued late on Friday by Amsterdam’s city council said the Americans did not appear to have been victims of a targeted attack. Amsterdam authorities also said on Friday that it appeared from initial investigations that the victims are still not chosen for a clear reason.

The local government said on Saturday it had no immediate plans to increase security in the city, saying the swift action by police” shows that Amsterdam is prepared for this kind of incident “.

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Dutch police officers point their guns at a wounded man who was shot by police at the central railway station in Amsterdam. Photograph: AP

A photograph taken by a passerby proved two police officers pointing handguns at a human in blue jeans and running shoes lying on the ground inside a train station.

Earlier on Saturday, the US ambassador to the Netherlands confirmed that the two people injured were Americans visiting the country. Pete Hoekstra said US embassy officials had been in touch with the victims and their families.

” We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the towns of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families ,” Hoekstra said.

Central station is a busy entry and exit point for tourists to Amsterdam, with regular develops connecting it to the city’s Schiphol airport. Friday is one of the busiest day of the week for train travel as tourists arrive for the weekend.

The station is patrolled by armed police and other security staff.

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