Several persons have been taken hostage in a town in Central Netherlands, Saturday.

The Police said houses were evacuated and the town centre closed down following the incident.

Police said there was currently no reason to suspect a “terrorist motive” for the incident in Ede.

“A hostage situation involving several people is underway in a building in the centre” of the town of Ede, police said in a statement on X.

However, it is not known how many people are being held but local media have reported around four or five people are involved.

Police said they had cleared a cordon around a cafe, with residents of around 150 houses being brought to safety.

The local municipality said on its website that the town centre had been closed off and that riot police and explosives experts were at the scene.

Authorities called on residents to avoid the town centre and train traffic was being diverted.

“We see there are many questions about the motive. At this time there is no indication of a terrorist motive,” police said.

Recall that in 2019, the country was stunned by a shooting spree on a tram in the city of Utrecht that claimed four lives.

Several persons held hostage in Dutch Town as Police order mass evacuation

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