The man who was shot dead after stabbing two police officers at an Amsterdam police station on Sunday has been identified as Bilal B, a 22-year-old Amsterdammer of Moroccan origin, chief officer of justice Leo de Wit said at a press conference on Monday.
Bilal B had spent time in jail for a string of violent offences and was known to have had contact with the so-called Hofstad terrorist group in 2005.
He also had psychiatric problems and was sent to a clinic in April 2007. He was released in August but returned of his own free will last Friday because he felt suicidal, De Wit said.
On Sunday morning he asked to go out under supervision, but shook off his supervisor and headed for the police station. At the police station in the Slotervaart area Bilal B jumped over the counter and stabbed the female desk sergeant and a male colleague who went to help. The sergeant managed to draw her weapon and fired. Bilal B died shortly afterwards.
Police chief Bernard Welten told the ANP news service on Monday that the two police officers are responding to treatment. The sergeant needed an operation for a perforated lung. Her colleague required stitches in his head where an artery had been severed.
‘They are doing well under the circumstances,’ Welten told ANP.
This is the second violent death in Slotervaart in recent days. On Thursday a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death by a 14-year-old classmate outside a school.
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