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Not The Onion: Stabbing suspect claims to be a terrorist but police are “keeping an open mind” about motivation



A 19-year-old Afghan citizen with German residency is in custody after allegedly stabbing two American tourists at Central Station in Amsterdam Friday afternoon. Identified as Jawed S, he is believed to have been motivated as an Islamic terrorist to commit the attack.

The suspect claimed in police interviews to be a radical Islamic terrorist. However, police say they’re “keeping an open mind while they investigate further.”

American tourists stabbed in Amsterdam were targeted by Afghan man with a ‘terrorist motive’: officials | Fox News“Based on the suspect’s first statements, he had a terrorist motive,” the city administration said in a statement on Saturday. They did not elaborate on what the statements were or in what ways they might have shown intent.

Still, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte doubled down on these claims after taking to Twitter to confirm that investigation was zeroing in the role played by extremist ideology.

My Take

This is another example of all indicators pointing towards terrorism but an extended delay before this was begrudgingly acknowledged by local officials and world press. Even after his own admission, officials are skeptical for some reason. It’s to be expected nowadays, but it’s concerning because when terrorism strikes on a mass scale or through coordinated attacks, the reluctance to state the obvious until there’s no way to hide it can end up costing more lives.

When a terrorist says he’s a terrorist, don’t keep an open mind about his motivations. Believe him. He’s a terrorist.


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