Double stabbing at Amsterdam station in possible terror attack

Double stabbing at Amsterdam station in possible terror attack

Double stabbing at Amsterdam station in possible terror attack

An AFP correspondent at the scene said police cordoned off an area inside the station shortly after the incident and herded throngs of people outside.

A 19-year-old Afghan citizen who was shot and detained by police after stabbing two American tourists in Amsterdam's main railway station had a "terrorist motive", city officials said Saturday.

"The first thing that comes up in your mind is that it's a terror attack".

One eyewitness told local broadcaster AT5 that the suspect is a man in his 30s who may have been in the queue for information at the NS service counter.

Police said two train platforms were closed, but the station wasn't evacuated.

Police spokesman Rob van der Veen said the violence happened shortly after noon (1000 GMT; 6 a.m. EDT) at the busy Central Station in downtown Amsterdam when a man walked into a group of people.

Police stated that two platforms had been closed to coach traffic, but the field wasn't evacuated. Police appealed for any witnesses to come forward. I saw something like fiften [police] cars and lots of agents.

The Netherlands has so far been spared from the slew of terror attacks which have rocked its closest European neighbors in the past few years.

The National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security Policy said the national threat level in the Netherlands was unchanged at "substantial", or one notch below the highest level.

Hours after the incident, police said they were still investigating a possible motive for the attack and weren't excluding any possible scenarios.

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

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