Gunman Storms Onto Dutch News Station, Demands Airtime
He was arrested by police.
An armed gunman was caught on camera Thursday after reportedly storming into a public TV broadcasting center in the Netherlands and demanding to be put on air.
According to the Daily Beast, the man, who was wearing a dark suit and glasses, handed out a letter to employees of the NPO state broadcast center in Hilversum, saying he worked for a hackers collective "against the great forces of capitalism." He reportedly claimed to work for the collective's security services and said he didn't want to harm anyone.
"When you read this don't panic," part of the letter read. "Don't start screaming and don't alarm your colleagues. I am heavily armed. If you cooperate correctly you will come to no harm. There are another five plus 98 hackers who are ready for a cyber attack. On top of that there are eight heavy explosives placed in this country that have radioactive components. If you don't bring me to Studio 8 to take over the broadcast then we will be forced to take action."
According to CNN, the man put a gun to the head of a guard, who took him to a studio that was not in use.
Police arrested the gunman shortly afterward. The building was evacuated, but no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.