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