Gunman arrested at Dutch national broadcaster – Telegraph.co.uk
Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, the young man could be seen
speaking calmly to someone off-camera as he claimed to represent a “hackers
He can be heard telling the man that he “wanted to talk about things that
are of world importance”.
“We were hired by intelligence services. We have heard things that call
society into question,” he said.
“Once my message has been sent, we’ll shake hands and you’ll be able to
He immediately dropped his weapon and raised his arms when five armed officers
stormed in to restrain him, yelling at him to drop the gun.
“I dropped it, I dropped it,” he replied off-screen.
A police voice was then heard saying: “The situation is under control.”
Speaking live on NOS, general director Jan de Jong said that “thank God”
nobody had been injured.
Police combed the building, which was declared safe shortly after 10pm (2100
The man had also given a threatening letter to staff, which NOS posted on its
website. The note said he was “heavily armed” and not working
“There are five plus 98 hackers ready for a cyber-attack,” it read,
also warning of “eight heavy explosives placed in the country that
contain radioactive material” and would be set off if he was prevented
from making a live televised announcement.
Hilversum mayor Pieter Broertjes said extra measures had been taken to protect
media workers since two gunmen killed 12 people at the Paris offices of
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo earlier this month.
Despite the increased security, the man still managed to force his way into
the NOS studios, allegedly after threatening a security guard with the fake
The gunman was arrested shortly after entering the TV station. Credit:
“We know that since the Paris attacks the press itself has been the
focus of attention. You never know when it can happen,” Broertjes said
at a press conference.
Johan Bac, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said police and
prosecutors had launched an investigation into the incident.
Police were considering charges of hostage-taking and illegal possession of a
Dutch Justice and Safety Minister Ivo Opstelten said from initial information
it seemed the man was acting on his own.
Meanwhile, local reports suggesting he had recently lost his parents had been
proved incorrect, the NOS reported.
The man, identified only as “Tarik”, has an Egyptian father and
He is a student at the Delft Technical University outside south of The Hague
and was described by one man interviewed by the NOS as a “normal guy”.
The worst incident to date in the sprawling media hub of Hilversum happened in
May 2002 when flamboyant anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn was
assassinated by an animal-rights activist.
The murder shocked the tolerant-minded Netherlands. Volkert van der Graaf was
later sentenced to 18 years in jail for Fortuyn’s murder. He was released in
May 2014 after serving 12 years.