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Amsterdam Apple shop hostage-taker sought 200 mn-euro ransom

A gunman who held a hostage for hours in the Apple Store in Amsterdam demanded a ransom of 200 million euros (more than $226 million) in cryptocurrencies

Dutch police is seen near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a hostage incident in the store, in Amsterdam (Photo: Reuters)

Dutch police is seen near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a hostage incident in the store, in Amsterdam (Photo: Reuters)

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A gunman who held a hostage for hours in the Apple Store in Amsterdam demanded a ransom of 200 million euros (more than USD 226 million) in cryptocurrencies before he was run over by police as he chased his hostage out of the shop, police and prosecutors said on Wednesday.
The tense, five-hour standoff paralysed one of Amsterdam's most popular nightlife neighbourhoods for hours on Tuesday as scores of heavily armed police surrounded the store, managing to free about 70 people from the building that houses the shop before the suspect was detained.
Police Chief Frank Paauw said the suspect, a 27-year-old man from Amsterdam armed with a handgun and an automatic weapon, was run over by police as he chased his fleeing hostage, whose identity wasn't released.
The hostage played a sort of hero's role by, in that split second that he had, forcing a breakthrough in this situation, Paauw said at a news conference in the early hours of the morning.
Otherwise it could have been a very long and unpleasant night and maybe longer.
After the suspect was run over, a robot checked him for explosives as snipers in nearby buildings took aim, green laser beams from their weapons clearly visible in the night sky. In contacts with police, the suspect had threatened to blow himself up, but he was found to not be carrying any explosives.
Paauw said the man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Investigations were continuing Wednesday, including searching two homes in Amsterdam. The Apple Store was listed on the company's website as being closed Wednesday and Thursday.

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First Published: Feb 23 2022 | 4:27 PM IST

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