The Hague: Three children injured in shopping street stabbing

29 November 2019, 19:40 | Updated: 30 November 2019, 06:18

Three children have been wounded in a stabbing in The Hague's main shopping street.

Police have begun a manhunt for at least one suspect after the attack on Friday night in the Dutch city.

Officers are looking for a man aged about 45-50 years old, who is believed to be of North African descent and was wearing a black jacket and grey tracksuit.

The three children have since been discharged from hospital.

Acting mayor of The Hague, Boudewijn Revis, said she was horrified by the attack.

The shopping street, known as Grote Marktstraat, had been busy with people looking for Black Friday deals.

Authorities were alerted to the stabbing at about 7.45pm.

An area of the street near the town's historic centre was cordoned off, and dozens of police and ambulances were at the scene.

It is not yet clear if the attack was terror-related, but police they are considering all possible motives.

Grote Marktstraat has been described as one of the most important shopping areas in the centre of The Hague.

The attack came hours after a man wearing a fake explosive vest stabbed several people near London Bridge.

The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.

A similar stabbing at Amsterdam Centraal station last year which left two Americans injured was said to have a "terrorist motive".