Thursday 17 August 2017

Car ploughs into pedestrians outside Amsterdam station - police say 'no indication' of terrorism

Central Station in Amsterdam. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares
Central Station in Amsterdam. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A man has been arrested after a car ploughed into pedestrians outside a busy Amsterdam station

However local police say there is "no indication whatsoever" that it was an extremist attack.

A car struck pedestrians outside the station, and six of the eight had to be taken to hospital, with two of them seriously injured, police spokeswoman Marjolein Koek said.

"There is no indication whatsoever that this is a terrorist attack," Ms Koek added.

Dutch police told reporters that the motorist was parked in an area where he was not supposed to be.

As he was approached by officers he sped off and crashed into a crowd of people.

At least five people were injured and two were taken to hospital.

Police also said the car was searched and the driver was questioned.

No further details were immediately provided.

Witnesses told AT5 that at least 10 police cars and ambulances were in the area.

The incident received immediate widespread attention after several extremist attacks in Europe over the past year involving vehicles, including one in London last week.

The first images from the Amsterdam incident area showed a major police presence around the railway station with first aid responders treating one person.

A black car was shown to be slightly damaged against a low retaining wall close to the station.

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