Hostage situation unfolds in Amsterdam Apple store
Netherlands/IBNS: The Amsterdam Police Tuesday confirmed that an ongoing robbery turned hostage situation is occurring at the Apple Store located in Leidseplein.
Several video clips appeared to show a person being held in the store at gunpoint.
"There is a person with a firearm in the store ... police forces are there with many units and specialist units at the scene to get the situation under control," Amsterdam police tweeted initially.
"We are restricting information about the situation in the Apple Store ... in order not to upset our investigation and efforts there," they said.
There appears to be an active robbery/hostage situation occurring at the Apple Store in Leidseplein. Videos show a very scary and dangerous situation that I hope is resolved quickly and peacefully.https://t.co/wWzIrWrNUPhttps://t.co/8OmGZAI6zkhttps://t.co/cx4KQMLnJ9— Chance Miller (@ChanceHMiller) February 22, 2022
They later confirmed the situation is hostage-taking, without specifying how many hostages there were.
Police cleared the square and asked neighbours to remain inside.
The Apple store is located at one end of the upscale Leidseplein, in the south side of Amsterdam's centre.