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Suspect arrested after hostage drama unfolds in Netherlands town

One person has been detained after allegedly taking hostages at a bar in the central Dutch town of Ede, according to local authorities.

The incident prompted authorities to evacuate about 150 homes in the area, local police said. They said the assailant’s motive was unclear but there was no indication of terrorism.

Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported that the incident took place at the Petticoat cafe, a local bar and nightclub.

Three hostages had been released earlier Saturday morning before a final hostage was let go later in the day.

Ede Mayor Rene Verhulst said at a news conference after the incident that it appeared the hostages were employees cleaning the bar.

Speaking alongside Verhulst, public prosecutor Marthyne Kunst said that suspect brandished multiple knives and had a backpack, but what was in it remains unclear. She added suspect was “known to the judiciary” and had already been convicted of a previous crime.

Authorities will now investigate the suspect’s motive and mental state, Kunst said.

Images from the scene showed a massive police presence deployed to the area, including heavily armed officers. De Telegraaf reported a negotiator was also deployed.

Verhulst called the incident a “terrible situation” and said his thoughts and concerns were with those affected.

This story has been updated with new developments.

CNN’s Joshua Berlinger contributed to this report.

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