Series of killings hit Dutch cafes

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13 August 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - A series of killings has hit Dutch cafes in recent days with the latest on Sunday evening when a cafe owner in Scheveningen, on the seashore near The Hague, was fatally stabbed.

13 August 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - A series of killings has hit Dutch cafes in recent days with the latest on Sunday evening when a cafe owner in Scheveningen, on the seashore near The Hague, was fatally stabbed.

The cafe owner was stabbed in the neck just outside his cafe. The killer, whose motives remain unknown, fled.

The previous night, a 33-year-old man was shot dead in an Amsterdam cafe in what police said appeared to be a settlement of accounts in the criminal world. The gunman is still at large.

On Thursday night five people in a cafe in Spijkenisse, a town south of Rotterdam, were wounded when a man entered the premises and began shooting indiscriminately. One of the wounded, a woman, was said to be in a serious condition.

The same night, two young men robbed and stabbed the owner of a 24/7 grocery store in Amstelveen, a town south of Amsterdam. The man died of his injuries.

On Friday, police arrested two 16-year-old suspects, one of whom confessed to having been involved in the crime.

The recent killings follow last month's report by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) that the number of victims of deadly attacks in the Netherlands dropped to a record low in 2006. It said 160 people were killed last year in criminal attacks, the lowest number since 1996.

The CBS said the drop in the number of killings resulted from a decrease in crime in the bigger cities.

In Rotterdam, there were 2.2 killings per 100,000 inhabitants in 2006. Amsterdam rated second with 2.1 killings per 100,000 inhabitants - twice the national average.

Most killings took place on the weekend.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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