Dutch police arrest 35-year-old suspect in The Hague stabbings

Police said the suspect, described as having no fixed address, was brought to a police station for questioning.

    Dutch police arrest 35-year-old suspect in The Hague stabbings
    The area was cordoned off for hours as police searched for clues [Sem Van Der Wal/EPA]

    Dutch police arrested a suspect in the stabbing of three teenagers in a busy shopping street in The Hague, the city's police force said.

    "Following the stabbing incident in Grote Marktstraat, a 35-year-old man has just been arrested in the centre of The Hague. The man has no fixed place of residence," police said on Twitter on Saturday.

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    "He will be transferred to a police station where he will be questioned."

    The three people injured, two 15-year-old girls and a 13-year-old boy, were all discharged from hospital late on Friday.

    The attack caused panic in The Hague as it happened just hours after a man stabbed two people to death in London.

    Police initially said they were looking for a man, about 45 to 50 years old, in a grey jogging suit. But in a later update police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper said they did not yet have a description of the suspect, adding the initial statement was wrong.

    Images on social media showed shoppers running in panic away from the scene on a nighttime retail street lit by Christmas fairy lights.

    "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," one witness told broadcaster NOS.

    "People were trying to get away but that didn't work. I was shocked."

    A similar stabbing occurred in Amsterdam a year ago when two US citizens were wounded in a knife attack that prosecutors say had a "terrorist motive".

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies