On Tuesday, a nineteen-year-old Afghan native, who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s Central Station in August, told the court that he has no remorse and would do it again, The Daily Wire reported.
After the US ambassador to the Netherlands on Saturday identified the people injured as American tourists, Amsterdam City Hall gave an update.
“Based on the suspect’s first statements, he had a terrorist motive,” the city administration said in a statement that did not elaborate on what the statements were or how they showed intent.
The attack left two Americans injured, one of whom may be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
The terrorist, who has a German residency permit and filed for asylum three years ago, said he came to the Netherlands to carry out the attack because he believed Islam was being insulted due to Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ cartoon competition to draw the Muslim prophet Muhammad, according to Dutch News.
The terrorist, being identified as Jawed S, added that he also expected to become a martyr and did not plan on surviving the brutal attack.
No group has claimed involvement in the attack and prosecutors said there is no indication that the suspect worked with others.
The suspect allegedly stabbed the two victims, both 38-year-old men, with a large knife around noon Friday in Central Station, through which approximately 250,000 people travel daily. He was shot and wounded by police immediately afterward.
Investigators tracing the suspect’s movements in Germany have found no records that he was on the radar of police there before the attack, a German Federal Police official told ABC News on Monday.
Holland has been considered a target since attacks by Islamic extremists in France, Belgium, England and Germany, and because the country supports military operations against ISIS in the Middle East.