Hague knife attack victims were aged 13-15

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Hague knife attack victims were aged 13-15


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Media captionForensics experts check the scene at Grote Marktstraat.

The three victims of a stabbing attack on a shopping street in the Dutch city of The Hague on Friday were two girls aged 15 and a boy of 13.

None of the victims knew each other and police are still hunting a male suspect, with no clue as yet to motive.

The victims have now been released from hospital.

Images and videos on social media showed dozens of Black Friday shoppers running away from the scene after the attacker struck at 19:45 (18:45 GMT).

The victims have not been named but were described as a 13-year-old boy from The Hague, a 15-year-old girl from Alphen aan den Rijn and another 15-year-old girl from Leiderdorp.

'Motive unclear'

The incident happened at the Hudson's Bay store in the city's Grote Marktstraat, or main market square.

Police have urged the public to contact them if they witnessed the attack. Officials have also asked anyone with images or footage of the attack to send it to the police.

An initial description of the suspect suggested police were looking for a man aged between 45 to 50 wearing a grey tracksuit.

In a later update, Hague police said that description was wrong but have given few further details about the incident.

They said in a statement: "We are using all the means at our disposal - both visible and invisible - to find the suspect of this incident as quickly as possible.

"The motive of the suspect is as yet unclear."

The city's Deputy Mayor Boudewijn Revis told de Volkskrant: "On a night when a lot of people do their shopping in one of our busiest shopping streets, something so terrible happens."

Source :
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