Rioting in Amsterdam escalates after man shot dead

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Rioting in Amsterdam escalates after man shot dead

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Police in the Dutch city of Amsterdam are braced for another night of violence after officers shot dead a Moroccan man. Several cars were set on fire in the sixth night of unrest. The 22 year old was killed after entering a police station where he stabbed two police officers.

Eleven cars have been set on fire this week in the Slotervaart district of Amsterdam, which is mainly populated by immigrants. Police have blamed a group of about 35 young people for carrying out the attacks. It is reported the dead Moroccan man, identified as Bilal B, had been receiving treatment for psychiatric problems. He had been questioned over contact with Islamic extremists who were linked to the murder of film maker Theo van Gogh in 2004.