American Tourists Stabbed in Amsterdam

American Tourists Stabbed in Amsterdam

Police shot the suspect, 19-year-old Afghan Jawed S., after the incident and authorities were quick to.

Amsterdam police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek had already told AFP late Friday that authorities were "seriously taking into account that there was a terrorist motive". Officials say he is an Afghan citizen who holds a German residency permit.

"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.

Around 250,000 people travel through Central Station every day, according to statistics provided by the Amsterdam.info travel guide.

Earlier today, the United States ambassador to the Netherlands confirmed that the two people injured Saturday were Americans visiting the Netherlands when they were stabbed at the station.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed on Twitter that the investigation was focused Saturday on extremist ideology.

The suspect, who is being held in solitary confinement, will be brought before a judge on Monday to decide whether he should remain in custody.

German police searched his home at the request of their Dutch colleagues and found sized several data carriers, authorities said. He is now being held in hospital with injuries to his lower body and is expected to be arraigned at a closed-door hearing on Monday.

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The charges he could face have not been released.

Initial reports indicated that it did not appear to be a targeted attack, and that the victims did not appear to be chosen for a clear reason.

A passerby's dramatic photo showed two police officers pointing guns at a man in blue jeans and sneakers lying on the ground inside a train station tunnel.

Earlier Saturday, the US ambassador to the Netherlands confirmed that the two people injured Friday were Americans visiting the Netherlands when they were stabbed at the station.

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.

On Friday, witnesses described utter chaos as gunshots rang out in Amsterdam's busiest train station, as thousands of commuters and tourists were evacuated just after noon.

A security cordon was set up around Amsterdam's Central Station after the incident. Friday is one of the busiest days of the week for train travel as tourists arrive for the weekend.

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