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2 Stabbed in Amsterdam Were American Tourists

Victims are expected to survive as police question teenage Afghan suspect
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2018 8:16 AM CDT
Dutch police officers point their guns at a man who was shot and wounded after he allegedly stabbed two people in the central railway station in Amsterdam Friday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Two people who were stabbed in Amsterdam's main railway station Friday have been identified as US tourists. The pair, who have not been named, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, reports CNN. "We are aware that both victims were US citizens visiting the Netherlands and have been in touch with them or their families," said the US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra. Police have identified the suspect as a 19-year-old Afghan man and continue to investigate a motive.

"All scenarios are taken into consideration, including a terrorist motive," says a police statement, per the BBC. Officers shot and wounded the suspect inside the railway station. He has not been named, but authorities say he is an Afghan citizen who lives in Germany, and Dutch police were working with German authorities to track down his background. Authorities say they don't think he deliberately singled out his victims but struck randomly. (Read more Amsterdam stories.)

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