Man shot by police at Amsterdam airport after threatening crowds with knife

Gladys Abbott
December 17, 2017

Dutch police tweeted: "Man shot by the military police at Schiphol Airport after he was threatening with a knife".

Schiphol is one of Europe's busiest airports and Friday is one of its busiest days of the week.

Schiphol Plaza, a shopping area near passport control, was temporarily evacuated.

The Dutchman wielding a knife was shot by military police following the incident which saw him making threats at the airport but there were no reports of other injuries after the happenstance. "Situation safe", police said on Twitter.

"This afternoon a man came into the office of the Marechaussee [military police] here at Schiphol and threatened my colleagues with a knife", a police spokesman told AFP news agency.

Officers at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands shot the man in the leg and arrested him before transporting him to hospital. 'He was injured and has been taken into custody'.

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No details of his condition were released.

The airport and Schiphol Plaza are open to the public. Passengers have since been allowed inside, while trains are back running again.

"The circumstances are telling us that it has nothing to do with terrorism", police spokesman Stan Verberkt said.

They added that 'air traffic is experiencing no further consequences'.

The suspect has been detained and removed from the scene.

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