Hostages freed in the Netherlands

Henry

A hostage drama that prevailed for hours on Saturday in the Dutch town of Ede came to an end the same day without bloodshed.

All hostages were freed by lunchtime and the police arrested the suspect.

“Hostages have been freed, one person has been arrested. We cannot share any more information at this stage,” police said on X shortly after 1 p.m.

Authorities already made it clear earlier in the day that no terrorist motives are suspected. Local newspapers report that a “confused man” burst into the hangout in the early hours of the morning, made threats and held four people hostage.

A large police presence was visible in front of the hangout a few hours later and several houses in the area were evacuated.

Three people were initially released from the building, with footage showing them exiting the building with their hands in the air. The fourth hostage was also freed shortly afterwards and the suspect arrested. Footage showed a man kneeling on the ground, with his hands behind his back, while police officers handcuffed him.

“A horrible situation for all those people. My thoughts are with them and their loved ones. I hope that the matter can now be resolved quickly and safely,” said Rene Verhulst, mayor of Ede.

Last year, a 27-year-old man, armed with two guns, held several people hostage for five hours in an Apple store in Amsterdam. The ordeal ended when the suspect ran after the last hostage, who was trying to escape, and he was hit by a police vehicle.