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Hostage drama in a nightclub in the Netherlands

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Four people were held hostage at a nightclub in Ede for several hours. One person has been arrested.

-The last hostage has just been released. Police in Guilderland District wrote on X at 12:43 that one person had been arrested.

Dutch broadcaster NOS, which was at the scene, wrote that the man was ordered to his knees and was arrested. A video clip from the scene shows that the man was wearing a black mask.

The film revolves around a man in his twenties, who has previously been convicted. The Dutch newspaper wrote that De Telegraaf.

Just before the man was taken out, another man wearing an orange jacket was escorted out of the room, according to the newspaper.

Three hostages released

Earlier, three hostages were released. A video clip for publication shows three visibly affected young men being escorted by police with their hands behind their heads.

– The club owner said that the employees at the club were being held hostage De Telegraaf.

The police did not specify the number of hostages being held, but several Dutch newspapers reported that there were four hostages in total.

Eddy Mayor Rene Verhulst said he was thinking of the hostages and their families.

– A terrible situation for these people. “I hope this situation can be resolved quickly and safely,” Verhulst said in one message. statement At 12 o'clock.

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Police went to the “Café Petticoat” nightclub at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to NOS.

According to the newspaper advertisement There were messages on social media from people inside who said they were allowed to eat, drink and go to the toilet.

Police procedures are extensive

The area witnessed a heavy police presence, along with special forces and bomb disposal experts. One resident, whom AD spoke to, said there was a sniper stationed on the roof.

Since 7.30 people have been encouraged to stay at home.

-We are investigating exactly what is going on. Police officer Simon Cloke at the scene told the Associated Press news agency that, at the moment, it is not possible to come up with details about what is happening for the safety of people.

Image by Simon Cloke: AP screenshot

Kluck confirmed that the hostage situation occurred at a nightclub called Café Petticoat. On Saturday night, they had an event from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., according to the private club's Facebook event.

The owner of the club next door spoke number He and his employees were stopped and investigated by the police already at 05.15 am on Saturday morning.

Many were evacuated

150 homes were evacuated as a result of the hostage taking. Shops in the city center were also forced to remain closed.

Eddy is a city with a population of about 120,000 according to Wikipedia It is located in the center of the Netherlands, about 40 minutes east of Utrecht by car.

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