Judge orders Amsterdam stabbing suspect held 2 more weeks

The United States has offered to help Dutch authorities following the stabbing of two Americans on Friday in Amsterdam, a spokeswoman for the State Department said Friday.

A teenager accused of stabbing two U.S. tourists in Amsterdam has said the attack was sparked by insults to Islam, according to Dutch prosecutors. Police have identified the suspect as a 19-year-old Afghan man and continue to investigate a motive.

The authorities said in a statement: "All scenarios are taken into consideration, including a terrorist motive".

The 19-year-old man was questioned about his intent late Friday at the hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds while under guard, Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement.

The 19-year-old suspect is accused of stabbing the 38-year-old tourists Friday in an unprovoked attack after he arrived at Amsterdam's Central Station on an global train.

Sprong says the Americans also remain hospitalized with "serious but non-life threatening injuries". German authorities did a search of the suspect's house, where they found and seized data storage items that will be analyzed, police said.

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra confirmed on Saturday that the two victims of the stabbing were U.S. citizens visiting the country. The exact charges he could face have not been released.

He was shot and wounded by police immediately afterward. We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the City of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families.

The stabbing occurred in Amsterdam's Central Station which is the city's busiest train station.

"It is apparent from his statements that he believes that in the Netherlands, the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, Islam and Allah are repeatedly insulted", prosecutors said, noting that the young Afghan man specifically mentioned Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who is well known for his fierce anti-Islam rhetoric.

He will appear in Dutch court for a remand hearing on Monday.

Around 250,000 people travel through Central Station every day, according to statistics provided by the Amsterdam.info travel guide.

Witnesses said that the incident began as an argument on a train platform, which then escalated.

The station is patrolled by armed police and other security staff.

  • Rogelio Becker