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Dutch Apple store hostage situation ends

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Several people have been able to leave an Apple store in central Amsterdam where a man with a gun had taken one or more people hostage, Dutch police say.

In a tweet, Amsterdam police indicated the hostage situation had not ended yet and said they did not want to elaborate on the situation in and around the shop for the sake of the security of all people affected.

Witnesses said they had heard gunshots around the store in the central Leidseplein square and that a hostage situation developed after an attempted armed robbery about 5.30pm on Tuesday (local time).

Images circulating on social media showed a man in camouflage trousers and hoodie brandishing what looked like a gun and holding another man hostage inside the Apple store. Reuters could not verify the images.

Police reported an incident in the Leidseplein shortly after 6pm and a large number of forces took up position around the Apple flagship store.

Police, confirming media reports of a hostage situation, cleared the square and asked neighbours to remain inside.

The large Apple store is located at one end of the upscale Leidseplein, a square at the south side of Amsterdam’s centre.

-AAP

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