Sunday, 15 December 2019

US condemns ‘horrifying’ Amsterdam attack on 2 Americans

AFP

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Sunday condemned what it called the “unprovoked, horrifying attack” at Amsterdam’s Central Station on Friday in which two people, both US citizens, were injured.

Dutch authorities have said the attacker, who has been identified as a 19-year-old Afghan man with a German residency permit, had a “terrorist motive.”

The US statement offered full support to Dutch authorities both in their investigation and “in our common fight against terrorism in all forms.”

Both of the wounded Americans are in satisfactory condition, officials said Saturday. The suspect was being held in hospital under police guard.

The midday attack caused panic in the crowded station – used by a quarter-million commuters and tourists daily – as the suspect stabbed the two and then was shot by Dutch police, prompting the evacuation of the building.

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