Knifeman stabs two people in a shop in Netherlands
Two people have been injured in a knife attack at a Dutch shop in The Hague on Wednesday. A manhunt is underway to find the suspect, who fled the scene.
The city’s police force tweeted that there also was a fire at the store that was quickly extinguished. The two injured people were being taken to a hospital by ambulance.
One of the two victims is conscious, the police said.
The attack occurred at around noon in the city’s Grote Marktstraat, a shopping district in the centre of The Hague on the coast of the western Netherlands.
Omroep West, a Dutch radio station, reported that a local entrepreneur said the attack happened inside an Albert Heijn, a supermarket chain in the country.
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses, and a police helicopter was seen searching for the suspect.
Officials have said they are looking for a tall, dark-skinned man believed to be in his thirties, wearing a black jacket, tracksuit and grey shoes, according to Den Haag FM.
He is said to have fled towards ‘de Bijenkorf’, a Dutch department store.
Further details weren’t immediately available and there was no word on a possible motive. It is also not currently known whether the stabbing and the fire are related.
Asked if there was any indication of terrorism, a police spokeswoman told AFP news agency there was ‘no motive at the moment’.
Police were quoted by local media as saying there were no signs of terrorism in the incident, which saw part of the city centre sealed off by emergency services.
‘The report started with the emergency services with a stabbing incident and a fire in the supermarket on the Grote Markt. The fire has been put out,’ police said on Twitter, referring to the shopping street.
‘The two injured are being taken to hospital by ambulance.’