One dead after knife rampage in Holland as killer still on the loose

One man has been killed and two others seriously injured in a stabbing at a church-run centre which houses several aid organisations in the Dutch university city of Leiden this morning – with a manhunt underway.

Police said they searching hunting for the male suspect who fled the scene after entering the centre, a former bakery in the historic heart of the university city, just before 9.30 am (7.30am GMT) and “for as yet unclear reasons stabbed the victims and then fled”.

A 66-year-old man “was so badly injured that he died at the scene, two others were taken to a hospital,” a statement explained said.

The chairman of the centre, Bert Verweij, told regional broadcaster Omroep West that the wounded people were a staff member, a volunteer and a worker at one of the organisations that uses the centre.

Police appealed for assistance in tracking down the suspect, but warned members of the public not to approach him.

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They described the man as having “dark skin, short hair and beard” and said he also had a head wound.

The centre houses organisations which offer help to people including migrants and asylum-seekers.

Further details were not immediately available. Calls to the centre went unanswered.

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