A foreigner was shot and arrested by the police at Schiphol. He ignored instructions to put down a knife. A second man was also taken into custody.

The police shot a man armed with a knife at Schiphol. The suspect had previously disregarded instructions from the security forces to lay the knife several times, the Dutch gendarmerie said on Twitter on Monday evening.

The type of injury said only that the man had been shot in the leg and was undergoing medical treatment. The incident took place in the departure lounge. The situation is under control, he said. Later a second man was arrested who was seen with the suspect. The police spoke of an unclear motive. Further details about the incident were initially unknown.

Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport is one of the most important hubs in Europe, handling more than 70 million passengers per year.

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