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Man points CROSSBOW at Dutch police in shootout after 'stabbing two people to death'

A knifeman pointed a crossbow at police officers after stabbing two people to death and injuring a third in a shocking attack in the Netherlands today, according to local media.

Footage shows the suspect aiming his weapon at officers while standing on a balcony in Almelo before shots are fired by police.

A body was later found inside the home and the man was arrested after he was also injured.  

A knifeman pointed a crossbow at police officers after stabbing two people to death and injuring a third in a shocking attack in the Netherlands today, according to local media

Six ambulances and six police cars were at the scene and a SWAT team was also deployed.

At 10am today, Overijssel police said they had attended an incident in connection with a stabbing and officers had fired shots.

They said: 'The situation there is not safe at the moment. So do not come to the location.' 

They later announced that a person had been arrested and the situation was under control.

Police said: 'At the stabbing incident at the Mth Steynstraat in #Almelo two people died.

Footage shows the suspect aiming his weapon at officers while standing on a balcony before shots are fired by police

'A third victim was injured. 'One suspect has been arrested and injured.

'The further police investigation is ongoing.' 

Bystanders said they heard 'multiple shots' fired during the standoff between the crossbow-wielding suspect and police.

Authorities raised the threat level to GRIP 3, meaning there was a threat to the well-being of the general population.

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