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Dutch police hunt suspect after three stabbed in The Hague

Forensic experts looking for clues at the scene of the incident at The Hague, Netherlands.

Forensic experts looking for clues at the scene of the incident at The Hague, Netherlands.   | Photo Credit: AP

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‘Looking at all possible scenarios on the perpetrator’s motive’

The Dutch police kept up a huge manhunt on Saturday for an assailant who stabbed three youths in The Hague’s main shopping area.

Officials said they were keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack, which came as shoppers hunted bargains on Black Friday.

The incident caused panic in The Hague as it happened just hours after two people were stabbed to death in London.

The male attacker ran off after the stabbings at a department store in the city centre’s Grote Marktstraat, The Hague’s main shopping area.

“We haven’t arrested a suspect yet. So we are currently very busy trying the find the suspect,” police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper said. “It’s a little too early to speculate about that kind of thing,” she said when asked about a possible terrorist motive, adding that investigators were still looking at several possible scenarios.

Police forensics officers were seen examining a knife found at the scene overnight.

The victims were a 13-year-old boy from The Hague, a girl of 15 from Alphen aan den Rijn and a 15-year-old girl from Leiderdorp, the ANP news agency said, quoting the police. They did not know each other, the police said. They were all allowed to go home from hospital overnight.

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