Amsterdam airport cops shoot man with knife, officials say

Ann Santiago
December 17, 2017

The "situation is now safe", the armed forces unit said.

Shocked travelers fled when the man, who has not been identified, began threatening crowds with his knife.

A man with a knife walked into the police service's office at an Amsterdam airport and threatened staff with a knife, military police say. No other injuries have been reported.

Although Tobias was not there at the shooting, he saw the suspect being taken away after. But police said it was not being treated as a terror incident.

Dutch officers confirmed that military police had used a firearm on the suspect. 'He was injured and has been taken into custody'.


The incident forced a brief evacuation of parts of the busy airport just outside Amsterdam.

"The man threatened with a knife and the military police shot him", police spokesman Stan Verberkt confirmed.

The motives and the condition of the suspect remain unknown, but local media report that he had been acting aggressively and broke a window.

However, amid a number of scares in recent months, and reports that people linked to some of the attacks may have crossed briefly into the country, concerned top Dutch security and intelligence officials have been keeping a wary eye on events.

Schiphol is one of Europe's busiest airports and Friday is one of its busiest days of the week.

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