Terrorism a possible motive in Amsterdam train station stabbing

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A trauma team and police vehicle race follow an ambulance on Damrak in Amsterdam after a stabbing at Amsterdam Centraal. 31 August 2018photo: Zachary Newmark / NL Times

Police are investigating the possibility that terrorism was the motive behind a stabbing incident Friday afternoon at the Amsterdam Centraal train station. Police revealed the potential motive in a joint statement with the public prosecutor's office and Amsterdam city hall.

A 19-year-old person from Afghanistan is suspected of pulling out a knife and stabbing two people, seriously injuring them. The suspect was then shot by police just before 12:15 p.m., right after the violent crime took place. Witnesses said that the incident began as an argument on a train platform, which then escalated.

None of the three have life threatening injuries, broadcaster AT5 reported. Each was taken by ambulance, and with a police escort, to area hospitals.

Authorities said the suspect has a residency permit issued by Germany. He is being kept under police guard at the hospital, and was undergoing questioning.