Amsterdam gangland killers still at large

9th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − Police still have not found any trace of the culprits who shot and killed a 55-year-old reputed drugs dealer in Amsterdam on Thursday. The man's 12-year-old daughter was also seriously injured in the attack.

9 July 2004

AMSTERDAM − Police still have not found any trace of the culprits who shot and killed a 55-year-old reputed drugs dealer in Amsterdam on Thursday. The man's 12-year-old daughter was also seriously injured in the attack.

As Amsterdam's gang warfare continued, a police spokesman said two suspects were arrested shortly after the shooting, but were later released, news agency ANP reported.

Mounir Barsoum was shot and killed on the corner of the Jan van Galenstraat and the Willem de Zwijgerlaan in Amsterdam West. Police said the man's daughter is still in a hospital intensive care unit, but her condition is stable.

Barsoum, of Egyptian ancestry, was killed when he was waiting in his car for a traffic light to change. Two men on a scooter rode up and one of the men got of the pillion and opened fire at him. The car had started moving an eventually came to rest against a roadside pole.

The description of the shooter and his accomplice was immediately spread among police, leading to the arrest of two suspects. But inquiries cleared the two detainees of involvement in the shooting.

The shooting was the latest in a series of gangland hits in recent years, allegedly stemming from a conflict between the Yugoslav and Dutch criminal networks. Police have not been able to solve any of the murders.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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