'Several' dead in Dutch shopping centre shooting

9th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A shooting in a shopping mall in the western Netherlands Saturday left "several" people dead and a number wounded, local authorities said.

Witnesses quoted by Dutch radio said a man had opened fire on shoppers with an automatic weapon in Alphen aan den Rijn, causing mass panic, before killing himself.

"A shooting took place in the de Ridderhof shopping centre, causing several dead and some wounded," the municipality said in a statement.

"The number of victims cannot be confirmed at the present time."

National news agency ANP earlier reported at least two dead.

© 2011 AFP

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