The Dutch Police have confirmed the release of all the hostages who were held in the Apple Store in Amsterdam by “a person with a firearm”, and have announced the arrest of the perpetrator, whose motives are still unknown.
“We can confirm that the hijacker is from the Apple Store. He is on the street and we are screening him with a robot for explosives. Agents control him remotely with firearms. The hostages are safe,” police said.
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They are not yet clear about the motives of the alleged kidnapper, and the Police will listen to the testimony of the victims, whom the agents have picked up after their release to transfer them to a police station and give a statement.
Several videos distributed on social networks by residents of Leidseplein, a central square in Amsterdam, showed, through a window, a man holding another at gunpoint, although the identity of those involved is not clear.
“There is someone with a firearm in the store in question. Police are on site with many special units to control the situation,” Amsterdam Police said in the early afternoon.
In another message, he admitted to the “hostage situation at the Apple Store on Leidseplein”.
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Several Dutch media, including public television NOS and local broadcaster AT5, claimed that it was a robbery at the Apple Store, which was reported to the Police around 5:40 p.m. local time (4:40 p.m. GMT), and They affirmed that several witnesses heard shots inside this business.
Armed robbery occurs at Apple store in Amsterdam
In the afternoon, several videos distributed on social networks by residents of Leidseplein, a central square in Amsterdam, showed, through a window, a man holding another unarmed person at gunpoint.
With information from FFE.