Dutch investigators are treating the Amsterdam stabbing incident that took place on Friday August 31st as a possible extremist attack. The US State Department, in response to the investigations taking place, offered on Sunday to assist local investigators.
The attack resulted in two US tourists being stabbed at a main railway station.
The State Department’s spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said the US was "ready to assist Dutch authorities in their investigations as appropriate."
"Dutch authorities have announced that investigations are focused on a terrorist motive for this unprovoked, horrifying attack," said Nauert. "The United States stands with our Dutch allies and others in our common fight against terrorism in all forms."
Detectives began questioning the suspect on Sunday. The 19-year-old Afghan citizen is still in hospital recovering from a gunshot wound from police officers.
Amsterdam Police spokesman Ruben Sprong said the suspect, who is only being identified only as Jawed S., as per Dutch privacy rules, was scheduled to appear at a closed hearing with an investigating judge on Monday September 3rd.
The American tourists who were stabbed are still in hospital, recovering from wounds that have been described as serious but not life-threatening. The identities of the victims have not been made public.
According to AP, investigations have revealed that the suspect is in possession of a German residency permit. Following this information, German authorities conducted a search of the suspect’s home.
The city government in Amsterdam said on Saturday that, based on the suspect's first statements, "He had a terrorist motive." The officials have not revealed what this statement was.