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The Hague (AFP) – A person who held a number of individuals hostage at an Apple retailer in Amsterdam demanded 200 million euros ($230 million) in cryptocurrency earlier than he was taken to hospital “severely injured”, police mentioned Wednesday.
The person, recognized as a 27-year-old from Amsterdam, entered the Apple retailer carrying a firearm within the busy Leidseplein neighbourhood late Tuesday afternoon, sparking a tense five-hour lengthy ordeal.
The camouflage-wearing assailant held one man hostage, a 44-year-old British nationwide, in line with reviews, whereas 4 others hid in a closet.
It was initially feared the suspect was holding a number of individuals hostage, however he was reportedly not conscious that a number of extra individuals had been in hiding within the constructing.
In an in a single day press convention, police chief Frank Paauw mentioned the suspected demanded 200 million in cryptocurrency earlier than he was finally apprehended by police.
The dramatic ordeal lastly ended round 10:30 (2130 GMT) when the hostage requested for water. He left the constructing after which ran, prompting the suspect to chase after him.
The suspect was then hit onerous by a police automobile earlier than a robotic checked him for explosives as he lay on the street, painted by laser sights from police snipers.
“A automobile from the particular forces reacted very adequately and alertly,” Paauw mentioned hailing the hostage for his bravery.
“The hostage has performed a hero function. In a couple of break up seconds he escaped this hostage state of affairs, in any other case it will have been a good longer evening and nasty evening.”
Round 70 individuals in complete had been evacuated from the constructing and the world across the retailer was cordoned off.
The suspect was taken to hospital “severely injured”, Paauw mentioned, and investigations into the incident are ongoing.
Police had been known as at about 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Tuesday about an armed man within the Apple retailer, and pictures advised he may need been sporting an explosive vest.
A number of particular police items had been deployed with the primary to reach focused by an computerized weapon, Paauw mentioned.
He later tweeted the person didn’t have explosives on him.
All Apple shops throughout the Netherlands had been closed Wednesday, and the positioning of Tuesday’s hostage taking will stay closed Thursday, the corporate mentioned.
Leidseplein is in style with vacationers and recognized for its vigorous bars and cafes. The realm was rapidly closed and the eating places, bars and theatres had been shut after the hostage taking.
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