Is it safe to visit Amsterdam? The latest travel advice after Centraal Station stabbing
Dutch police have shot and injured a suspect following a stabbing at Amsterdam’s busy central railway station.
Police said two people were injured in the stabbing at Centraal Station, and a tunnel under the tracks was closed following the incident.
The stabbing victims and the suspect were taken to hospital.
The motive for the stabbing is not clear. It is not known if it was terror-related.
Photos shared on social media showed ambulances parked immediately outside the station and paramedics wheeling stretchers.
The station was not evacuated although police tape appeared to be cordoning off part of it.
“It was a big chaos for the station,” Jaime van Gastel told De Telegraaf . “It was teeming with police. I saw something of fifteen cars and a lot of agents.
“There was also a central police helicopter circled above, but that is now gone.”
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Is it safe to travel to Amsterdam?
Terror attacks in the Netherlands cannot be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) .
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. People are warned to be vigilant at this time.
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The FCO’s advice was last updated on July 2 2018.
Is there anything to be particularly aware of?
Pick-pocketing and bag snatching are common in central Amsterdam, with tourists often the target.
The FCO urges people to take particular care in and around Centraal Station, where the August 31 stabbing occured.
Thieves often operate in gangs on the trains to and from Schiphol airport and Central Station as well as on the trams.
One common tactic, the FCO says, is where one thief will attempt to distract you (often by asking for directions or by banging on your window) while another picks your pocket or steals your bag.
Young women and those not in groups should also be aware of the possibility of drinks being spiked.
Deaths occur each year due to drowning in the canals of Amsterdam. The majority of these happen as a result of celebrations that include heavy drinking and/or smoking cannabis, the FCO says.