Man with knife shot by police at Amsterdam airport

Posted December 16, 2017

Earlier: The airport's main plaza was and remains evacuated after military police shot the man, who had a knife.

Tom Boelen, general manager of the next door restaurant Per Tutti, said he was told by his staff that there was a shooting happening.

Military police had tweeted: "Man at Schiphol shot at by the military police, after he made threats with a knife". A spokesman for the Dutch police said: "the circumstances are telling us that it has nothing to do with terrorism".

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The military police said on Twitter that the man had been overpowered and taken away.

Dutch police evacuated the global airport, 9km west of Amsterdam, after the man threatened to use the knife. "Situation safe", the military police said in a tweet.

The cavernous plaza, where trains arrive underground and where people can also stop to shop or eat in a large commercial area, was briefly evacuated. No details of the man's condition have been released by the police. "A small part is still closed down", it said. Air traffic was not affected.

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Officers at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands shot the man in the leg and arrested him before transporting him to hospital. No other injuries have been reported.

Schiphol is one of Europe's busiest airports and Friday is one of its busiest days of the week.

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