Man detained after hostages released from Dutch nightclub

Dutch police have detained a man after he left a nightclub where hostages had been held, apparently bringing a peaceful end to an hours-long standoff.

“The last hostage has just been released. One person was arrested. We cannot give more information at the moment,” police said in a message on X, formerly Twitter.

The man walked out of the club and was ordered by armed police to kneel with his hands on his head. He was then handcuffed before being led into a waiting police car.

Heavily armed police and special arrest teams, some wearing masks, had gathered outside the popular club. Some 150 nearby homes were evacuated.

It was not clear what the motive was for the hostage-taking. Police said earlier in a message on X that “at the moment there is no indication of a terrorist motive”.

Netherlands Hostages
Firefighters gather near the scene (Aleksandar Furtula/AP)

Ede is a rural market town 53 miles south east of Amsterdam. The municipality said that all shops in the centre of the town would remain closed while the situation continued. Trains to and from the town’s station were also halted.

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