'Terrorist motive' suspected in stabbing of American tourists in Amsterdam

'Terrorist motive' suspected in stabbing of American tourists in Amsterdam

'Terrorist motive' suspected in stabbing of American tourists in Amsterdam

The US ambassador to the Netherlands said the two people wounded in the knife attack at the Dutch capital's busy main railway station were both American citizens who were visiting the country.

"We are aware that both victims were USA citizens visiting the Netherlands and have been in touch with them or their families", said the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra.

Earlier this week, Dutch police arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of threatening to attack far-right politician Geert Wilders over his plan to hold a contest of cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

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"The suspect is under police surveillance in hospital and will be questioned about his motive for the stabbing incident - this also includes the possibility of a terrorist motive", the mayor's office said. Authorities say that no motives for the attack have been ruled out - including terrorism. Authorities say they don't think he deliberately singled out his victims but struck randomly. "The investigation is in full swing with all scenarios being considered". "We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the city of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families". It is understood that suspect, who was later identified as an Afghan citizen with a German residency permit, did not know the two Americans.

Some train services in and out of the station were suspended during the incident and two platforms closed.

The station is patrolled by armed police and other security staff. Red and white police tape kept members of the public away from the scene. Friday is one of the busiest days of the week for train travel as tourists arrive for the weekend.

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