Two injured in Amsterdam stabbing attack were U.S. citizens

Image: Stabbing in Central train station in Amsterdam
Investigators near the crime scene at Amsterdam's central train station on Friday where police shot a suspect after two people were stabbed. Copyright REMKO DE WAAL
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The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands confirmed the two people injured on Friday were American tourists.


AMSTERDAM — The two people injured in a stabbing attack at a busy central railway station in the Dutch capital on Friday have been identified as U.S. citizens.

The pair were tourists visiting the Netherlands, U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra said in a statement. They remained in hospital on Saturday with serious injuries, local police said.

Dutch police said the attacker, an Afghan citizen who was shot and taken into custody shortly after the incident, would be interrogated later in the day. He also remained in hospital, with injuries to his lower body.

On Friday evening, police said the man's motives were still unclear. "All scenarios are taken into consideration, including a terrorist motive," authorities said in a statement.

Central Station is a busy entry and exit point for visitors to the Dutch capital, with regular trains linking it to the city's Schiphol Airport. Friday is one of the busiest days of the week, with many tourists arriving for the weekend.

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