AMSTERDAM- At the city main railway, a 19 yr old Afghan citizen who was shot and kept in custody after a double stabbing is said to have a “terrorist motive”. The Dutch capital’s government said in a statement Saturday that investigators reached the conclusion based on the suspect’s first statements to police.
Two Americans tourists were stabbed on Friday before the police shot the suspect and wounded him. He holds a German residency permit.
The Americans are slowly recovering in a hospital from the tragedy. Their identities have not been released.
Pete Hoekstra, the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, issued a written statement saying embassy officials had been in touch with the victims or their families. “We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the City of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families,” Hoekstra said.
the incidence took place shortly after noon (6 a.m. EDT) on Friday at central station in downtown Amsterdam.
“Something happened, we don’t know yet what, but during that two people were stabbed and one person with a knife in his hand walked away and he was shot by police,” police spokesman Rob van der Veen said Friday.
Central Station is a busy entry and exit point for visitors to Amsterdam, with regular trains linking it to the city’s Schiphol Airport. The station is used by an estimated 250,000 travelers daily, BBC News reports. Armed polices and security staff are patrolled for safety purposes.