String Of Attacks Rocks Globe: Hague Stabbings Leave Several Injured, Man Takes Hostages In Rio
During a day where people from around the world join long lines to begin their Christmas shopping, a string of attacks in shopping centers and London’s famous London Bridge have raised the specter of terrorism and a possible retaliation for the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The string of attacks occurred almost one month to the day after Baghdadi’s murder at the hands of US special forces and one trained military dog.
The latest, a stabbing attack in the Hague (notoriously the home of the ICC and several other NGOs), has left several people injured (the exact number is unclear) wounded.
Authorities in the Hague are claiming that the attacks are not “terror related”, or at least don’t appear so at this time, with the caveat that criminal probes of this magnitude often take time and it could take weeks to uncover the truth.
Emergency services said they had arrived on scene, and were
— Politie Den Haag eo (@POL_DenHaag) November 29, 2019
While this was the second stabbing attack in Europe in a matter of hours, another incident unfolded in the Brazilian city of Rio, as a man armed with a knife held six people hostage at a bar in Central Rio, as a local police Captain confirmed.
LAPA | RUA DO RESENDE segue fechada (ocorrência policial). Reflexos na Av. Mem de Sá. Av. República do Paraguai, Rua Texeira de Freitas e Rua do Riachuelo.
Evite a região da Lapa e opte pela Av. Pres. Vargas, Rua Visconde do Rio Branco ou T. Sta Bárbara. #centro pic.twitter.com/z0iKJqYvZW
— Centro de Operações Rio (@OperacoesRio) November 29, 2019
At 3:34 pm, the first hostage, identified only as Sergio, was released. Another hostage, a woman named Lucia, reportedly the owner of the bar, was released shortly after.
Back in the Hague, a manhunt continues for the attackers, with officers reportedly looking for suspects aged between 45 and 50 wearing grey tracksuits.
Fri, 11/29/2019 – 15:41