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Dutch police shoot man armed with knife at Amsterdam airport

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Kelvin Reese | 16 December, 2017, 05:56

A man wielding a knife has been shot and detained by military police at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

An airport spokeswoman says the airport's main plaza was and remains evacuated after military police shot the man with a knife. Situation secure with best rates guaranteed.

The incident, which sparked a brief evacuation of parts of the airport, was not being treated as an extremist attack.

Dutch police evacuated the worldwide airport, 9km west of Amsterdam, after the man threatened to use the knife.

"After he threatened them, my colleagues took out their guns and shot him in his leg", Muller said, adding the man had been taken to hospital for treatment.

"Situation is under control".

"He was injured and has been taken into custody".

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Verberkt told The Associated Press that "the circumstances are telling us that it has nothing to do with terrorism".

There are no further details about the suspect or his motives as yet.

The area of Schiphol Plaza was evacuated for 20 minutes.

The video footage shows police officers running through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport as the gunshots are fired.

No further information was immediately available. No other injuries have been reported.

Schiphol is one of Europe's top five busiest airports and handled more than 60 million passengers a year ago.

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