Police Shoot Knifeman at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Building Evacuated

Police at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam shot and arrested a man who allegedly had a knife

Officers at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands shot the man in the leg and arrested him before transporting him to hospital.

Police have shot a man threatening crowds with a knife at Amsterdam Airport this afternoon.

"The man threatened with a knife and the military police shot him", spokesman Stan Verberkt said.

Later the police issued another tweet adding "The suspect was overpowered, detained and taken away".

Other pictures show an area outside the Starbucks coffe shop cordoned off by police, suggesting that is where the incident upfolded.

The air traffic has not be affected and the shopping plaza and the airport have now been opened to the public, according to the reports. "A small part is still closed down".

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"At this stage, the situation has returned back to normal".

Trains were temporarily not stopping, but are now going in and out of the airport station as normal.

Schiphol airport, just outside Amsterdam, is one of Europe's five busiest airports.

In a mobile phone video broadcast on the Dutch broadcaster NOS, a man could be heard shouting "there are shots being fired" with the clear sound of three shots echoing in the plaza.

It serves as the second main hub for Air France-KLM, and also hosts many budget airlines such as Transavia and EasyJet. In addition, the Amsterdam airport's terminal was evacuated but has since reopened.

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