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Dutch police confirm terror motive in Amsterdam stabbing

A 19-year-old Afghan who stabbed two tourists in Amsterdam’s main railway station on Friday, had a terrorist motive, city officials said in a statement on Saturday evening. Jawed S, has a residence permit in Germany.

Published: September 2, 2018, 7:41 am

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    He stabbed two Americans at Amsterdam Centraal Station. The terror motive was evident from the first interrogations, reported NOS.nl.

    Photos shared on social media showed ambulances were on the scene immediately with paramedics wheeling in stretchers. The busy station was not evacuated although police tape appeared to be cordoning off part of it. Friday is one of the busiest days of the week.

    Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV), said on Twitter after the news broke that the suspect had a terrorist motive for his act.

    The Afghan was shot by police after he attacked the two tourists in the western tunnel under the station. He is currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital.

    His two American victims appear to have been chosen at random, according to police sources. Both are being treated in hospital for their injuries.

    The tourists were waiting at the station’s information counter in the tunnel when they were attacked. According to the national broadcaster a “very large knife” was involved.

    German authorities searched his home in Germany after the attack and “computers and phones” have been removed from the home. The man will appear in a Dutch court for a remand hearing on Monday.

    Amsterdam officials, the public prosecution department and police have not increased security measures as a result of the attack. “The way the police acted shows that Amsterdam is prepared for this sort of incident,” the official statement noted.

    The suspect is being kept in confinement and has only had contact with his lawyer.

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