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Man with knife shot at Schiphol airport, taken into custody

Man with knife shot at Schiphol airport, taken into custody

A yet-to-be identified 29-year-old knife-wielding man was shot by security operatives at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and detained for questioning after making threats.

Schiphol is one of Europe's busiest airports and Friday is one of its busiest days of the week.

The airport's crowded entrance plaza, where trains arrive underground to arrivals and departures halls, was briefly evacuated, Tom Goemans, a spokesman for Schiphol, said. No other injuries have been reported. "Situation safe", the Marechaussee police service said on Twitter.

"The man threatened with a knife and the military police shot him", spokesman Stan Verberkt said. 'He was injured and has been taken into custody'.

No details of the alleged attacker's condition were released.

People at the airport were terrified when they realized what was going on, an Amsterdam resident called Tobias told the Telegraaf.

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A video purporting to show the man being carried away on a stretcher has emerged on social media.

He since said he had been allowed back into the main terminal.

One of the military policemen takes up a position behind a pillar as he moves in on the suspect.

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

Opened in 1916 as a military airport, Schiphol became the country's primary airport in 1949, lying just about nine kilometres (five miles) southwest of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam.

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