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Hostage situation in night club in Netherlands ends: How the drama unfolded – Times of India


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NEW DELHI: A hostage drama at a night club in Ede in the Netherlands ended on Saturday after the police arrested a man who held several people in hostage for several hours.
“The last hostage has just been released. One person has been arrested,” a police statement said.
According to local media reports, the man left the night club with his hands in the air and was detained and put in a police vehicle.
Special police units had been deployed to the scene, a building in the centre of the town of Ede, to deal with a hostage situation, police said on social media.
According to the police, there was no indication of a terrorist motive involved in the incident.
“We see there are many questions about the motive. At this time there is no indication of a terrorist motive,” police said.
Police added that they had cleared off a cordon around a cafe, with residents of around 150 houses being brought to safety.
The authorities had also advised the residents of the town to avoid town centre and train traffic was also diverted.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Ede also issued a statement in which he urged the people to refrain from sharing videos of the hostage situation online and cooperate with the authorities.
He said.” We see a lot of videos of the situation on site going online. I urge you to use this with great restraint and not to share it. The hostages who are now free have the right to peace and privacy. The police also want to be able to do their work properly.”
“My concern and thoughts go out to them and their loved ones. I hope that the situation is now resolved quickly and safely,” he added.
The country has also witnessed terror attacks and plots in its past.
In 2019, the Dutch police charged two jihadists for spraying the tram with bullets which claimed four lives.

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