Dutch police ended hostage crisis in Amsterdam with a speeding car

Eric Sof

Dutch police ended the siege at the Apple store in Amsterdam in an unusual way. The suspected hostage-taker, a 27-year-old man from Amsterdam, took hostages at the local Apple store in Amsterdam. A hostage-taker was armed with a pistol and an automatic rifle, with which he fired at least four shots when police arrived at the square around 6 p.m. (1700 GMT), according to the Dutch police authorities.

The man was arrested after he ran out of the building shortly after 10:30 p.m., to chase his hostage who had managed to escape. The hostage-taker was then promptly knocked down by a speeding car driven by a police officer, leaving him with serious injuries.

The man, who had a criminal record, had contacted the police during the hostage-taking episode to demand a ransom of 200 million euros ($226 million) in cryptocurrencies and safe passage out of the building.

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