Dutch police: There is no evidence of a terrorist motive behind Hague attack

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Dutch police said on Sunday they had found no evidence of a terrorist motive behind the Hague attack after they arrested a homeless suspect suspected of stabbing three minors on Friday.

On Saturday, police arrested a 35-year-old man in the center of The Hague on suspicion of involvement in a knife attack at a supermarket on Grote Marktstreet on the annual Black Friday.

“The exact circumstances of the stabbing incident remain unclear,” police said on Twitter. “There was no evidence to show that there was a terrorist motive.”

“The motive of the appeal is being investigated,” she said.

The suspect was arrested at a center for the homeless, she said, adding that he had “no fixed housing” and was taken to a police station where he would be questioned.

The three wounded, all of them minors, have left the hospital for their homes, police said. They are a 13-year-old boy and two 15-year-old girls.

In London, just hours before the attack, a former prisoner sentenced in a terrorism case and released on parole killed two people who stabbed a knife before being taken over by civilians and shot dead by police who described the attack as a “terrorist”.

The Netherlands has been the scene of numerous terrorist attacks or attempts in recent years.

Dutch police announced on Monday that two people had been arrested on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack at the end of the year with explosive belts and a car bomb.

Last March, four people were killed when a man of Turkish origin opened fire inside a tramway in Utrecht, who is on trial for murder for terrorist purposes.

In August 2018, an Afghan youth with a knife attacked American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station. He was sentenced in October to 26 years in prison.

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