Amsterdam Apple store: Man arrested over hostage standoff dies

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Members of DSI arrive at scene of a hostage situation at the Apple store in Leidseplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 22 February 2022. AImage source, EPA
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Armed specialist officers were deployed to the scene

A 27-year-old man who launched an hours-long hostage standoff at an Apple store in Amsterdam has died in hospital from his injuries.

The armed man had entered the store on Tuesday, taking one person hostage and demanding some €200m (£165m; $230m) in cryptocurrency.

The suspect was deliberately hit by a police car after running out of the building to chase the hostage, who had managed to escape.

An investigation is ongoing.

Police have not publicly named the suspect but said he was a resident of Amsterdam with a criminal record. They have not yet established a motive.

They said an investigation had found that the suspect had explosives on his body, but that they were not ready to detonate.

Officers were first called to the Apple store in the Dutch capital's Leidseplein area at about 17:40 local time (16:40 GMT) on Tuesday, after the camouflage-wearing suspect entered the building. Dozens of people fled the shop, while four hid in a cupboard.

Images circulated on Dutch media appeared to show a man waving a firearm in one hand while holding a person in his other arm. The gunman sent photos to Amsterdam TV channel AT5 appearing to show explosives strapped to his body.

After nearly five hours, the hostage managed to escape when water was delivered to the store at the request of the gunman.

Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw said the hostage - a Bulgarian man, not a Briton as previously reported - had played a "heroic role by forcing a breakthrough" in the stand-off.

In a statement, Apple said it was "incredibly grateful and relieved that our employees and customers in Amsterdam are safe after this terrifying experience".