He took a hostage and threatened to blow himself up .. The "Apple Amsterdam" attacker asked for $ 227 million
A 27-year-old man suspected of holding a person hostage at an Apple store in Amsterdam has demanded 200 million euros ($227 million) in cryptocurrency and threatened to blow himself up, Dutch police said on Wednesday.
Police added today, Wednesday, that the attack ended late on Tuesday, as the suspected perpetrator was seriously injured, after he was hit by a police vehicle.
The hostage, a British man, was not harmed.
About 70 people who were in the store at the time of the armed robbery were also unharmed.
For hours, citizens were able to follow the events, through video clips, that were posted on social media.
Police said the heavily armed suspect entered the multi-storey store around 5:30 p.m. before taking a customer hostage and demanding €200 million in cryptocurrency.
"The suspect continued to point the gun at the hostage and threatened to blow himself up," Amsterdam Police Chief Frank Bau said.
When the police arrived at the building, the man opened fire.
Then the heavily armed special police forces secured the store and cordoned off the building.
At 10:30 pm, the hostage managed to escape.
The attacker followed him, but was hit by a police car.
The police did not specify the number of people who fled the attack, but local media reported that the number was estimated to be in the dozens.
Police wrote on Twitter that they would not share any information about the situation in and around the building for security reasons.
Video footage and photos on social media showed the attacker threatening an unarmed man with a gun.
Witnesses said they heard gunshots, according to local media.
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