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Rampage with a hatchet in Scheveningen

It happened on Thursday evening in one of the eight districts of The Hague, Netherlands: A man went on a rampage with a hatchet, but was shot by police.

Published: June 2, 2020, 8:05 am

    The Hague

    Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad reported that police shot a “confused man” carrying hatchet in Scheveningen. The attacker shouted “Allah akbar” as he was subdued.

    The assailant wounded at least one person and caused damage in the street. “He struck a passing cyclist,” said a resident who saw it all happen.

    The officers had to use their weapons to stop the attacker after he had wounded two people on the street, possibly randomly. However, the Public Prosecutor would not comment on the motive but confirmed that the suspect was shot by a police officer.

    “The national investigative police are conducting an investigation into the reason for the shooting. At this moment nothing more is clear,” reported a spokesperson. Public statements are the responsibility of the Public Prosecutor, and not the police.

    According to regional news outlet Regio15, the wounded suspect was taken to hospital.

    The incident took place around 7:00 pm and was seen by several residents. A local resident said the man panicked when officers approached him. “First, there were warning shots,” another anonymous woman explained. “Then they apparently shot him, because he was taken to the hospital.”

    “It is normally always a quiet neighborhood,” another local resident remarked. “ Hardly anything ever happens here.”

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