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article imageMoroccan-Dutch youth riot in Amsterdam following fatal incident

By dpa news     Oct 16, 2007 in World
Moroccan-Dutch youths rioted in Amsterdam overnight Tuesday.
A group of dozens of youths in the Slotervaart neighbourhood in western Amsterdam set cars on fire, damaged several other cars and threw stones through the windows of a police station.
The riots followed the death of 22-year old Dutch-born Bilal Bajaka, of Moroccan descent.
On Sunday, Bajaka entered the police station of Slotervaart, stabbing two police officers with a knife.
Although having sustained serious injuries, one of the officers, a policewoman, shot and killed her alleged attacker on the spot.
The two police officers were later brought to the hospital where their condition was described as "serious but stable."
The police and Amsterdam municipality officials announced at a press conference Monday that a national investigation had been launched into the incident.
The police also added that Bajaka had a criminal record.
From the age of 13 up to his death on Sunday, the police said, Bajaka had been involved in several major criminal incidents, including armed robberies and a series of violent incidents. He was allegedly part of a criminal gang.
In addition, police said he was personally acquainted with Mohammed Bouyeri, the convicted killer of the late film director Theo van Gogh, as well as with other Moroccan-Dutch terrorist suspects.
Mohammed Bouyeri and the others allegedly involved in terrorist activities also came from the Slotervaart neighbourhood.
The atmosphere in Slotervaart was grim following the police press conference on Monday.
Moroccan-Dutch residents of Slotervaart complained to reporters they were "sick and tired" of continuous "negative news reports" about fellow Moroccan-Dutch, adding they felt increasingly stigmatized.
Several television reporters who came to report on the fatal incident at the police station were threatened by Moroccan-Dutch youths.
Responding to the riots, Ahmed Marcouch, Moroccan-born chairman of the Slotervaart city council, said "it is always the same horrible people spoiling things for everyone." dpa rl fs
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