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Crime

Dutch police arrest suspect in The Hague stabbing

November 30, 2019

Authorities have detained a man suspected of stabbing three minors in a busy shopping district of The Hague. Investigators are still unclear about what the motive might have been.

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Dutch police said on Saturday evening that they had arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with a stabbing attack that injured three minors in the center of The Hague.

Police indicated there was no immediate sign of a terrorism motive, but they were not ruling out any possibilities.

Friday's stabbing at Grote Marktstraat, a busy shopping street in the center of the city, left a 13-year-old boy and two 15-year-old girls injured. The victims were released from hospital a few hours after the attack.

The incident came hours after two people died and three were injured in a stabbing spree in London. The attacker, who was shot dead by police, had been convicted of a terrorism offense before being released last year.

Appealing for witnesses

The Hague police called on witnesses to provide any video or photos they may have regarding the incident and tweeted that the force was conducting extensive investigations into the stabbings.

They asked for patience in confirming more details of the attack, saying that the "complexity" of the situation meant it would take time.

cw,es/rc (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

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