BREAKING: Three injured after stabbing in The Hague, offender on the run

Police have confirmed three people have been injured after a stabbing incident in the centre of The Hague earlier today. 

UPDATE 23:48 – The three young stabbing victims have now been released from hospital, police confirm.

“I am very shocked by the news that a stab incident took place tonight in which children have been the victims,” said Deputy Mayor Boudewijn Revis. “On a night when so many people do shopping in one of our busiest shopping streets, something so terrible happens.”  

UPDATE 22:53 – All three stabbing victims were minors, The Hague Police have said. Families have been notified.

UPDATE 22:38 –  A witness has described to NOS the moments immediately after the stabbing. “I saw two girls screaming and running away. A man fled. He jumped very athletically over benches to get away. He looked like a cheetah. People were trying to get away. but that didn’t work. I was shocked.”

UPDATE 22:36 – Police have retracted an earlier issued description of the suspect, but confirm the suspect is still evading police.

UPDATE 22:31 – There is still no word of the condition of the victims. Police have confirmed three people have been transferred to hospital. The suspect remains on the loose.

UPDATE 22:05 – The Hague Police have confirmed the perpetrator is still on the run. The news comes despite rumours that the stabber had been arrested earlier. According to RTL Nieuws there have been two arrests, but neither were the suspect.

UPDATE 21:41 – Video has emerged on Twitter of the immediate aftermath of the attack (no violent imagery).

Police have confirmed they are looking for a ‘lightly tinted man’ of around 45 years with a black scarf and a gray jogging suit.

 

UPDATE 21:29 – According to NOS, two young women were stabbed outside the Hudson’s Bay department store, before entering the store in a panic.

UPDATE 21:22 – Police have confirmed three people were injured in the attack. They’re appealing for witnesses or people who may have photos or video footage.

EARLIER:

Details of the incident are not known, although unconfirmed reports say that the stabbing occurred inside Hudson’s Bay department store on the Grote Markstraat.

DutchReview videographer Ivaylo Kirov is currently at the scene. According to Kirov, there is a large police presence, while the street remains cordoned off. Bystanders are unaware of what has happened.

RTL Nieuws reports that the perpetrator initially escaped but has since been arrested.

The reason for the stabbing is not yet known, however, The Hague’s centre was particularly busy today for the Black Friday sales.

We’ll continue updating this article as information emerges.

Feature Image: Ivaylo Kirov

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Samantha Dixon
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.

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