Knife-Wielding Man Prompts Dutch Police to Open Fire at Amsterdam Airport

Dutch police opened fire after a man threatened to use a knife at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The suspect was injured in the shooting and taken to hospital; his motives remain unclear.

“A man at Schiphol was shot by the military police after threatening with a knife. Situation safe,” the Marechaussee police service said on Twitter. The suspect was detained and removed from the scene by police. There were no reports of other injuries.

Schiphol, just outside Amsterdam, is one of Europe’s busiest airports.

“The man threatened with a knife and the military police shot him,” police spokesman Stan Verberkt confirmed. “He was injured and has been taken into custody.”

People at the airport were terrified when they realized what was going on, an Amsterdam resident called Tobias told the Telegraaf. Although Tobias was not there at the shooting, he saw the suspect being taken away after. You can hear gunshots in several videos posted online showing a deserted area outside a Starbucks cafe in the airport.

The motives and the condition of the suspect remain unknown, but local media report that he had been acting aggressively and broke a window. So far, no evidence has been revealed that the incident is terrorism-related.

Later, police said in a Twitter post that the suspect is a 29-year-old man from The Hague, who has…

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