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Amsterdam Apple Store Hostage-Taker Dies In Hospital: Report

The native newspaper recognized the suspect as Abdel Rahman A.

The Hague, Netherlands:

A 27-year-old man who held a number of folks hostage at an Apple retailer on a busy Amsterdam sq. has died in hospital from his accidents, Dutch prosecutors stated late Wednesday.

The man, stated to be a resident of the Dutch capital, entered the Apple retailer on Leidseplein armed with two weapons, sparking a tense five-hour-long ordeal on Tuesday.

The stand-off ended when the suspect was hit by a police automobile as he chased his final hostage who made a determined break for freedom and ran out of the shop.

“I can confirm that the man has died in hospital this evening,” public prosecution service spokesman Franklin Wattimena stated.

“More than that, we cannot say, but the investigation continues,” he advised AFP.

Police later hailed the hostage who helped to finish the tense ordeal that gripped town centre as a hero.

Dozens of cops rushed to the constructing at 5:30 pm on Tuesday after the camouflage-wearing suspect entered the shop within the well-liked Leidseplein neighbourhood, prompting a chaotic exodus from the constructing.

The suspect took a Bulgarian man hostage and demanded 200 million euros ($230 million) in cryptocurrency, in addition to a free passage out of town.   

Around 70 folks fled the constructing and 4 folks hid in a closet, apparently unknown to the suspect.

– ‘Hero position’ –

Five hours later, the suspect requested for water.  

Footage confirmed the hostage bending down because the water was delivered, earlier than working out of the constructing adopted carefully by the suspect.

The suspect was then despatched sprawling by a police automobile earlier than a robotic checked him for explosives as he lay on the street, lit up with laser sights from police snipers.

“A car from the special forces reacted very adequately and alertly,” police chief Frank Paauw stated in an in a single day press convention, hailing the hostage’s bravery.

“The hostage has played a hero role. In a few split seconds he escaped this hostage situation, otherwise it would have been an even longer night — and nasty night.”

Police later confirmed that the suspect was carrying an explosive gadget, however “that it was not primed” throughout the incident.

He was taken to hospital “seriously injured”, police stated, including {that a} “wide-ranging” investigation had been launched.

“All options are open over a possible motive,” they added, saying not less than two houses across the Dutch capital had been searched.

Amsterdam-based every day newspaper Het Parool recognized the person as Abdel Rahman A., a grocery supply employee that has had earlier brushes with the legislation.

However, his motive for besieging the Apple retailer remained unclear, Dutch media studies stated.

– ‘Prevented worse –

  The suspect aimed an automated weapon at officers, Paauw stated, as particular police items arrived on the scene Tuesday and cordoned off the realm across the store.

All Apple shops throughout the Netherlands have been closed Wednesday, and the positioning of Tuesday’s hostage taking will stay closed Thursday, the corporate stated.

Leidseplein is well-liked with vacationers and recognized for its vigorous bars and cafes. The space was shortly closed and the eating places, bars and theatres have been shut after the hostage taking.

The incident occurred near the place well-known Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries was gunned down in broad daylight final yr.

“Just when the city was about to reopen and return to normal life, violence is again emerging in the heart of Amsterdam,” deputy mayor Rutger Groot Wassink stated late on Tuesday.

Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius praised the short motion by the police.

“Their controlled and decisive action deserves nothing but compliments,” she stated in a tweet.

“It prevented worse,” the minister added.

(Except for the headline, this story has been edited by biznewz employees and is revealed from a press launch)



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