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Arklow girls witness attack in Amsterdam airport

Suzanne Tyrrell and Donna Molloy from Arklow

Two Arklow girls won’t want to see Amsterdam in a hurry again after a week-end away turned into a long week away.

Suzanne Tyrrell and Donna Molloy were due to fly home last Monday but the flights to Dublin were cancelled due to heavy snow in the Dutch capital.

The next available flight was on Wednesday, but the weather was to play more bad luck as the girls missed a second plane again due to heavy snowfall but this time on the roads.

The girls managed to secure a flight home on Friday evening but the drama of an eventful week was to continue, the girls were casually waiting for their flight when they heard gunshots within the terminal of schipol airport.

Susanne told Wicklownews “We had just been talking about attacks in airports and then heard the shots, we were close to the exit so just ran, we were terrified, people were rushing all over the place. An Irish girl called to us stay calm, everything will be OK. Parts of the airport were closed immediately and we all had to wait outside.”

“As it turned out it was the police who were doing the shooting, after a man with a knife began threatening staff, what I could not believe was how many people just took out their phones and started recording, we were gone out the door like a bolt of lighting, it was the scariest hour of my life.”

“We managed to get home last night and I can say, I’m so glad to be back in Ireland.”

A tweet from Dutch military police read: “Man at Schiphol shot at by the military police, after he made threats with a knife. Situation safe.”

The suspect remains in custody. No details of his condition were released and a motive is unclear.

 

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