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Car rams into crowd in apparent accident in Amsterdam

A car has slammed into pedestrians outside the central train station in Amsterdam, triggering fears after a string of terror attacks in Europe. The police, however, believe the incident was not related to terrorism.

At least eight people were injured, two of them seriously, when the driver rammed his car into passers-by in front of Amsterdam's central train station on Saturday.

"There is no indication whatsoever that this is a terrorist attack," police spokeswoman Marjolein Koek said.

According to Dutch media, the car had been incorrectly parked on the square in front of the station. When the police approached the vehicle, the driver attempted to speed away but apparently lost control of car, and drove into the pedestrians. The black Peugeot than crashed into a nearby wall.

The police detained the man, who appeared to have been "unwell," officials said. The authorities will continue the investigation, according to the police.

Fresh memories of Manchester

Several ambulances and police vehicles were quickly deployed at the scene in central Amsterdam, with Europe still reacting to deadly terror strikes in London and Manchester. Islamist terrorists have increasingly been using vehicles as weapons in crowded urban areas.

In a separate incident Friday, Dutch police arrested a 29-year-old man who was spotted filming a concert outside the Philips Stadium in southern Eindhoven. The authorities had information that the man might had been radicalized, and decided to take him to custody as he "was filming and had no reasonable explanation for what he was doing."

Less than three weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

dj/jm (AFP, Reuters, dpa, AP)

 

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