Police in Amsterdam now know what motivated a 19-year-old man from Afghanistan to stab two American tourists in the city’s main railway station on Friday.
The attack, police say, was targeted to the Americans as part of a lone-wolf terror attack, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The stabbing in the capital city shocked many in the Netherlands, and authorities say it didn’t take long to surmise his motive. The suspect, who was shot and wounded by police, made his motive clear in his very first statements to them. He is expected to survive.
The suspect has only been identified as Jawed S., due to privacy laws in the country. The American victims have yet to be identified but are expected to survive. They are still recovering in a hospital in Amsterdam.
The suspect is not a Dutch citizen, but is a refugee with a German residency permit. Germany has been under fire for some time, both from its own citizens and from President Trump, for lax immigration and refugee policies that have allowed dangerous individuals into the country, rather than true refugees trying to flee the violence in the Middle East.
Amsterdam City Hall says German authorities searched the suspect’s home and seized data storage devices that would be analyzed as part of the investigation.
The suspect is to be arraigned Monday at a closed-door hearing. The exact charges he could face have not been released.
U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra issued a written statement Saturday saying embassy officials had been in touch with the victims or their families. Police say they have serious but not life threatening injuries.
Hoekstra says, “We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the City of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families.”
Fox News provided brief video from the scene.
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This video, posted to Twitter, shows the aftermath of the attack, as police subdue the suspect.
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