Afghan Teen To Appear In Court For Amsterdam Station Attack

A 19-year-old Afghan guy who had been shot and wounded by Dutch police after allegedly attacking bystanders in Amsterdam’s Central Station will briefly appear in court on Monday (Sept 3), police said.

The defendant, identified by authorities as Jawed, “will appear in front of a judge and till no additional details will be published,” the Amsterdam police said in a statement on Sunday.

Two American citizens both considered to be the man were seriously injured when a knife-wielding guy attacked bystanders around noon on Friday (Aug 31) in the active channel beside the Dutch capital’s historical town center.

Police immediately reacted and shot the man in the lower body. He and the two wounded bystanders were taken to the hospital.

“After an initial statement by the suspect it’s emerged that the man had a terrorist rationale,” Amsterdam City Hall announced after authorities questioned the suspect.

The US statement offered full support to authorities both in their own investigation and”within our shared fight against terrorism in all forms”

Both of those wounded Americans are in decent condition, officials said Saturday. The suspect was being held in hospital under police guard.

Jawed S. has a German residency permit and German authorities on Saturday raided his apartment. The police did not release details about its exact location.

The defendant will make a brief first look behind closed doors and according to Dutch criminal legal processes will not be asked to plead.

“It is probable that the judge will remand him in custody for two more weeks, in order for detectives to continue his investigation,” a Dutch prosecution agency official told AFP.

This process could take around three weeks, the official added. One witness said he saw a young guy stumble into his flower shop at the station with a bleeding wound into his hand, before hearing shots ring out.

The Netherlands has so far been spared from the ton of terror attacks which have rocked its closest European allies in the previous few years.

But amid a range of scares and reports that people linked to some of those attacks may have spanned briefly into the nation, top West security and intelligence officers have worried the danger level is significant.