Three hurt in stabbing at social security office
9 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Three workers at the Zeist social security office were injured in a stabbing at their workplace on Monday.
9 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Three workers at the Zeist social security office were injured in a stabbing at their workplace on Monday.
The injured victims were a guard and two counter workers. Two of them were seriously wounded and were in a critical condition late Monday afternoon. The third victim was hit on the head.
All three victims were airlifted to hospital by trauma helicopter.
The suspected culprit, a 21-year-old Zeist man, was arrested near the city police station. His motive remains unclear.
Mayor Koos Janssen said the stabbing was a serious incident: "We are exceptionally shocked".
There were 10 to 15 workers and several members of the public in the building at the time of the stabbing.
The building houses the social security office UWV and jobs agency CWI.
Police have refused to reveal what weapon was used, but local broadcaster RTV Utrecht said a man entered the building at about 1.15pm with a butcher's knife.
The UWV/CWI in the Zeist city centre will remain closed until further notice. All staff members will undergo counseling on Tuesday.
Union Abvakabo FNV said the government should launch a campaign to combat violence against public servants.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news