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The Netherlands: “A terrorist motive” in Amsterdam Stabbing

Sunday 2 September 2018, by siawi3

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/world/europe/amsterdam-stabbing-americans.html

Amsterdam Stabbing Victims Identified as U.S. Citizens

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Dutch police officers wounded a 19-year-old Afghan man suspected of stabbing two Americans in Central Station in Amsterdam on Friday.CreditCreditTdwholesale, via Associated Press

By The New York Times

Sept. 1, 2018

The Dutch authorities said on Saturday that the suspect in a double stabbing at a busy railway station in Amsterdam had “a terrorist motive,” while the United States ambassador to the Netherlands identified the two people injured as American citizens.

In a statement, Ambassador Pete Hoekstra said that the Americans had been visiting the country when the attack happened on Friday and that the embassy had been in touch with their families. He did not identify the two people.

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

The police in Amsterdam said that officers had shot and detained a 19-year-old Afghan man in the stabbing. He was identified on Saturday only as Jawad S., in line with Dutch privacy laws, The Associated Press reported. His initial statements to the police pointed to an extremist motive, officials said in a statement, according to local media reports.

The Dutch authorities also asked the German police to carry out a search of the suspect’s home in that country, where he has a resident permit, according to the city government. He is expected to appear before a magistrate on Monday.

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Police and forensics officers at the scene of the attack at the Central Station in Amsterdam on Friday.CreditRemko De Waal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The suspect has a German residence permit, and the police were in contact with the authorities there to find out about his background.

The man was being treated on Friday at a hospital for gunshot wounds and questioned while under guard, Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement. The people stabbed were also treated in a hospital; their injuries were serious but not life threatening, according to the city’s statement.

“The victims were not chosen deliberately or with a clear reason,” the Amsterdam authorities said, according to The A.P. “The investigation is still underway, and all scenarios remain open for the investigation team.”