A 27-year-old man suspected of take a hostage in an Apple Store in Amsterdam asked for 200 millions euros (227 millions of dollars) in cryptocurrency and threatened to blow himself up, Dutch police said on Wednesday, one day after the attack.
the attack ended late on Tuesday with the alleged perpetrator seriously injured by a carpolice policeman announced on Wednesday. The hostage, a Bulgarian, is unharmed. He had originally been identified as British.
About 70 people who were in the shop at the time of the flight was also safe and sound. For hoursthe citizens were able follow the events via videos posted for social media.
Police say the heavily armed suspect entered the multi-storey building store around 5:30 p.m. before taking a client hostage and claiming 200 millions euros in cryptocurrency.
“The suspect kept pointing at the gun hostage and threatened to blow himself up up”, said Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw.
Police later said the suspect had explosives on him, but that they were not live.
The man was seen dressed in military camouflage with a voluminous vest. He was holding a gun in one main and had the hostage in a strangulation. The police seized two weapons, including an automatic one.
When the police arrived at the building the man opened fire. heavily armed special the police then secured store and surrounded the building.
Around 10:30 p.m., the hostage managed to escape. The assailant followed him, but was hit by a policeman car.
“For the city it’s shocking event“said Deputy Mayor Rutger Groot Wassink.
The place Leidsplein area has been closed off until late. Theaters and cafes on the place was closed. Armored vehiclesheavily armed special forces and helicopters were on the scene for hours.