Gunman takes at least one hostage in Amsterdam’s Apple Store

A gunman took at least one person hostage on Tuesday at an Apple store in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam police tweeted that there was a person with a gun in the Apple Store, and law enforcement was on the scene to control the situation.

“There is a person with a gun in the store… the police force is there with numerous units and specialist units at the scene to bring the situation under control,” Amsterdam police tweeted. “We are restricting information about the situation in the Apple Store… so as not to disrupt our investigation and efforts there.”

Amsterdam police later confirmed it was a hostage taking. The store itself is located in Amsterdam’s central square, Leidseplein, which is an upscale neighborhood, Reuters reported.

The square was cleared by police and residents were asked to stay inside at all times.

Amsterdam has seen an increase in targeted armed robberies at mobile phone shops in 2021, causing many people to reduce their stock of phones. However, none of these thefts took place in the central part of Amsterdam, Reuters noted.

Gun violence is not unusual in the capital; however, hostage takings are very rare. Reuters reported that the last hostage situation took place in 2015.