Three Injured In Hague Stabbings Just Hours After Two Killed In London Knife Attack
Dutch police have confirmed that three people had been wounded in a stabbing attack on a popular shopping street in The Hague, on Black Friday, a busy day for retail shopping in major cities around the world.
The Friday attack came just hours after two were killed in a stabbing on London Bridge. No Australians are believe to be caught up in either of the attacks.
Images shared on social media showed a number of police cars and ambulances in the road, with crowds held back behind a red-and-white cordon.
The stabbing happened about 7:45 p.m., when a man attacked several people on the street in an area teeming with Christmas shoppers.
National broadcaster NOS said the attack could not immediately be attributed to terrorism.
Three youth were wounded in a stabbing and are receiving treatment in hospital, police said in a statement, adding that their families have been informed.
"We are at this moment searching for a suspect, no one has been arrested yet," police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper told reporters.
Authorities are hunting for a man aged between 45 and 50 who was wearing a shawl and a grey tracksuit.
In London, five hours earlier, police shot a man dead after stabbing spree on London Bridge.
Police say the attack is London Bridge attack and applauded the efforts of members of the public who held the man down until police arrived and fired shots.
'Immense Bravery': Bystanders Who Tackled Knife-Wielding Terrorist Praised As Heroes
Ordinary Londoners who showed "breathtaking heroism" in disarming a knife-wielding attacker have been praised by politicians and members of the public after they intervened to stop a terror attack at London Bridge.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the knife attacks in London and the Hague as "despicable acts" but is "not aware" that Australians have been caught up in the stabbings.
"Just terrible news out of London and The Hague," Morrison said in a post on Facebook on Saturday.
"Whether it has been the despicable acts of terrorists in the UK, or as yet not determined in the Netherlands, Australians' deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families - they were innocent people going about their lives."
He said he was not aware of any Australians being caught up in the attacks at this stage, but is in close contact with local authorities.
Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally also offered her condolences, saying it was a "terrible tragedy".
"I would also like to acknowledge the bravery and the selflessness of the police, as well as members of the public, who acted with courage to ensure that this attack was not more serious than it already is," she reporters in Sydney.
Senator Keneally, Labor's home affairs spokeswoman, said it was a "tragic and timely reminder" of the collective threats facing Australians coming into the holiday season and that people needed to be alert to what is going on around them.