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2018 Amsterdam stabbing attack
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date 31 August 2018
12:10 (CET)
Target Civilians
Attack type
Stabbing
Weapons knife
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
3 (including the perpetrator)
Assailants Jawad S.
Motive Retaliation against "insults to Islam" in Netherlands[1][2]

The 2018 Amsterdam stabbing attack was an attack on 31 August 2018, in the Amsterdam Centraal station. A 19-year-old man from Afghanistan stabbed and injured two American tourists. The attacker was shot and injured by the police. Amsterdam Police confirmed that they believe he had a terrorist motive.[3][4][5]

Incident[edit | edit source]

At around 12:10 local time (CET) on 31 August 2018, after having got off a train, a man was being observed by security staff in the west side tunnel of Amsterdam Centraal Station.[3] While they were discussing how to approach him he pulled out a knife and stabbed one tourist in the back near a kiosk then attacked a second tourist. The police who were 20m away drew their weapons, when the perpetrator ran towards another potential victim a police officer opened fire and brought him down. The attack lasted nine seconds.[6] After the stabbing, people were fleeing in all directions. Witnesses heard two gunshots. Policemen ordered the suspect to "stay down" in English. The victims, who were "very badly injured" according to a police spokesman,[3] and the suspect were taken to hospital.[7]

Impact[edit | edit source]

Train services were interrupted and the station, which was very busy on a Friday with many travellers from Amsterdam Schiphol airport, was temporarily closed.[3]

As a result of this attack, on 28 September, 2018, the United States Department of State raised its travel advisory for the Netherlands form level 1 to Level 2.[8][9]

Suspect[edit | edit source]

The attacker was identified as 19-year-old Jawad S. from Afghanistan, who had a German residency permit.[3][5] Dutch police were in close contact with their German counterparts in regards to the suspect's background.[3] A police spokesman initially stated that Amsterdam police are "seriously taking into account" "a terrorist motive",[3] and this motive was later confirmed by the authorities.[5][10] Dutch authorities said that he was aggrieved against Netherlands and believed that "the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, Islam and Allah are repeatedly insulted" in the country, specifically referring to Geert Wilders.[11]

Victims[edit | edit source]

The victims released a message of thanks via the US Embassy in Amsterdam. They thanked the Dutch police at the scene for their quick actions and for saving their lives as well as later support they received from police units and hospital staff. The US Embassy asked that the privacy of the victims be respected.[12]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.nctv.nl/binaries/DTN48%2C%20samenvatting_tcm31-352621.pdf
  2. https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2162605/insults-islam-motivated-amsterdam-railway-station-attacker
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Police investigate possible terror link to double stabbing at Amsterdam station, The Telegraph, 1 September 2018
  4. Las dos víctimas del apuñalamiento del viernes en Ámsterdam son ciudadanas de EEUU, Europapress, 1 September 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Amsterdam Stabbing Victims Identified as U.S. Citizens, New York Times, 01 September 2018
  6. "Jihadist knifeman shot in nine seconds". BBC News. 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-11-07. 
  7. Amsterdam station attack: Police shoot suspect after stabbing in Dutch capital, The Independent, 31 August 2018
  8. "US government steps up travel advice after Amsterdam terrorist stabbing". Dutch News. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018. 
  9. Esman, Abigail (24 October 2018). "Attack, ensuing travel warning expose depth of Netherlands' terror threat". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 8 November 2018. 
  10. Cullen, Simon (1 September 2018). "'Terrorist motive' cited in Amsterdam knife attack on 2 Americans". CNN. Retrieved 7 November 2018. 
  11. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-09-03/suspect-in-stabbing-of-americans-believes-dutch-insult-islam
  12. "Statement Regarding the Attack on U.S. Citizens in Amsterdam | U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands". U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands. 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-11-07. 


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