Amsterdam hostage incident: Apple store staff held by suspected gunman – World News

Social media users have shared videos of a suspected gunman in an Apple store in Amsterdam’s bustling Leidseplein district, with a large police presence seen in the area

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Amsterdam ‘hostage’ incident: Apple store staff held by ‘gunman’

Police have surrounded an Apple store in Amsterdam where staff are being “held” by a suspected gunman.

In footage shared on social media, a large presence of heavily armed police officer can be seen gathered outside the shop in Amsterdam’s bustling Leidseplein district.

Witnesses tweeted earlier that a gunman had entered the store and taken hostages, the Telegraaf reports.

Amsterdam Police confirmed this evening that specialist units have been deployed after a man entered the store with a firearm.

In one clip, the suspected gunman is seen holding a hostage around the neck as he repeatedly lifts a pistol to the side of his head.

In a clip shared on social media a man dressed in military-style fatigues holds another man at gunpoint



Witnesses have reported hearing gunfire



He then points the pistol three times at the man’s head before kicking the glass entranceway to the store.

As the clip ends, he is seen slowly walking backwards with his arm still around the hostage’s neck.

A witness told Dutch outlet AT5 they had to “run for my life” after hearing shots ring out.

They added: “I was standing on the zebra crossing opposite the apple store. An employee walked out in panic with a walkie-talkie, yelling.

The gunman appears to be dressed in military fatigues



A witness said they ran for their life after hearing the shots ring out



“At that moment the penny hadn’t dropped yet and I was about to cross the zebra crossing opposite the entrance to the Apple store.

“And that’s when I heard gunshots inside.”

Another witness told AT5 that cops had their guns drawn as the situation unfolded this afternoon.

He said: “Police are running around with a large group. And guns towards the Apple store.”

The Telegraaf reported that experts from the Dutch armed forces were on the scene providing specialist support.

Army experts are also on site to provide support to services amid an ongoing hostage situation.

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Amsterdam Police this evening shared several updates about the ongoing situation on their Twitter account.

They wrote: “We are currently reluctant to provide information about the situation in the Apple Store on Leidseplein so as not to disrupt our investigation and efforts there.

“We ask local residents, entrepreneurs and employees at Leidseplein not to come and look outside and to stay inside.”

In an earlier statement, they said: “Update: there is someone with a firearm in/near the shop in question, the police are on site with many (specialist) units to get the situation under control.”

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