Saturday 19 October 2019

Gunman storms into Dutch TV studio demanding airtime

A man wielding a pistol stands in a TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Amsterdam
A man wielding a pistol stands in a TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Amsterdam
Police capture the gunman in Dutch TV studio

A 19-year-old gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime claimed to be from a computer hackers' collective.

NOS was off-air for around an hour. When it came back, it showed recorded footage of the young man, wearing a black suit and carrying a pistol.

Police arrived at the Hilversum studios, outside Amsterdam, with guns drawn and ordered the man to drop his weapon, put his hands up and lie down. He was arrested without a struggle.

The man demanded airtime and threatened to detonate bombs at several locations around the Netherlands.

The gunman gained access to the studios, which had stepped up security in the wake of the 'Charlie Hebdo' massacre in Paris, after holding a security guard at gunpoint.

Irish Independent

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