Amsterdam authorities are treating a stabbing incident as an act of terrorism after an Afghan immigrant residing in Germany attacked two American citizens over the weekend in the Dutch city.
Panic broke out when two bystanders were stabbed by a knife-wielding man at the Dutch capital's main station shortly after midday on Friday. He holds a German residency permit and was identified as Jawed S.in line with Dutch privacy rules.
The wounded Americans were recovering in a hospital from what police termed serious but not life-threatening injuries. Their identities have not been released. German authorities did a search of the suspect's house, where they found and seized data storage items that will be analyzed, police said.
He was scheduled to be arraigned during a closed-door hearing with an investigating judge on Tuesday.
A statement released by Ambassador Pete Hoekstra thanked Dutch authorities who aided the victims and who quickly captured the suspect.
"We ask that all parties respect the privacy of the victims and their families at this hard time", said Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman for the department, in a statement.
Still, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte doubled down on these claims after taking to Twitter to confirm that investigation was zeroing in the role played by extremist ideology. The suspect and two other people who were injured in the stabbing incident were taken to hospital.
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She added that Dutch authorities are "focused on a terrorist motive for this unprovoked, horrifying attack".
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.
Initial police inquiries did not indicate that the victims were chosen deliberately or with a clear reason, Amsterdam authorities said.
Hoekstra says, "We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the City of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families".
Emergency services at the scene in the train station, following the shooting.
Roughly 250,000 travelers use Central Station every day.
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.