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Man arrested as hostage situation in Dutch nightclub ends


Suspect arrested nearly six hours after siege began

A hostage crisis at a nightclub in a town in the eastern Netherlands has ended after a man was arrested.

Four people were taken hostage when he entered Café Petticoat in Ede early Saturday morning, threatening to blow himself up, local media said.

A first group of three people was released, and the fourth appeared around six hours after the incident began.

Police said the suspect’s motives remained unclear and his mental state was under investigation.

Authorities were alerted to a possible hostage-taking around 5:15 a.m. local time (04:15 GMT), Dutch television channel NOS reported.

Anne Jan Oosterheert, head of operations for the East Netherlands police, said the force was on scene within two minutes.

Authorities said the suspect had a black backpack and several knives with him, which he showed the hostages.

Residents of around 150 homes in the area were evacuated and the town center was closed.

Mayor René Verhulst said the incident “affected a lot of people” and “emotions are running high.”

The hostages were employees who were cleaning when the suspect entered the nightclub, he added.

After the last hostage was released, the suspect left the nightclub wearing a balaclava. He was then handcuffed and taken away by the police.

Anti-explosives units and police in protective gear were photographed at the scene. Trains to and from Ede have been canceled, train operator NS said on its website.

Ms Oosterheert said almost all the police’s specialist teams were deployed.

She added that the hostages were taken care of after their release.

“We spoke briefly to the victims. They are extremely shocked. All care and attention will be given to them, in cooperation with the municipality, to ensure that they get all the support they need,” he said. she declared.

News Source : www.bbc.com
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