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Amsterdam Apple Store Hostage Situation Resolved by Police

Police in Amsterdam has resolved a hostage situation that took place at a local Apple Store on Tuesday. The store is located in Leidseplein, a square at the south side of central canal ring.

The Politie Eenheid Amsterdam Twitter account disclosed that an individual with a firearm was “in/near the store” and that authorities were at the scene with many units to get the situation under control. Law enforcement immediately cleared the area and asked the public to stay away from the site. Police also asked that those with a view of the building exercise restraint in publishing images or live streams.

We managed to stop the hostage-taker by hitting him as he ran out. Violent images of that collision can be seen. We now know that the suspect had no explosives on his body, and medical personnel now take care of him. Amsterdam police said that “dozens of people” who were able to leave the Apple Store were being collected to give witness statements and receive “victim support.” An investigation into the suspect is ongoing. Police did not disclose any information about his identity or condition.

The Apple spokesperson said they are so incredibly grateful and relieved that our employees and customers in Amsterdam are safe after this terrifying experience. We want to thank local law enforcement for their exceptional work and ongoing investigation. Our teams and customers took swift action and showed incredible strength and resolve today, and we are so thankful for the support and care they’ve shown each other under such challenging circumstances.

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