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Amsterdam's Schiphol airport: Police shoot knifeman

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Dutch police say they have shot and arrested a man who wielded a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The emergency prompted the authorities to evacuate part of Schiphol, one of Europe's busiest airports.

The situation is under control and the airport is safe, the military police say.

No other injuries were reported. A police spokesman told AD newspaper there was no assumption of a terrorist motive.

The military police said on Twitter that the man had been overpowered and taken away.

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Image caption A shopping area near passport control was temporarily evacuated

Schiphol Plaza, a shopping area near passport control, was temporarily evacuated while the authorities responded to the incident.

"This afternoon a man came into the office of the Marechaussee [military police] here at Schiphol and threatened my colleagues with a knife," a police spokesman told AFP news agency.

"He was shot in the leg and taken to hospital in Amsterdam."

The airport and Schiphol Plaza are open to the public. Air traffic has not been affected.

Schiphol is one of Europe's top five busiest airports and handled more than 60 million passengers last year.

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