Cars torched in Amsterdam

Oct. 21, 2007 at 7:46 AM

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The death of a Moroccan Muslim by Dutch police sparked a week of riots in Amsterdam.

Several cars were torched Saturday in the sixth night of civil unrest following the death of a 22-year-old Moroccan man who was shot after entering a police station and stabbing two officers, the BBC reported Sunday.

The man, identified as Bilal B, was receiving psychiatric treatment for emotional problems and had been questioned earlier by police about Islamic extremists linked to the 2004 killing of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, the BBC reported.

Nearly a dozen cars have been set on fire in the Slotervaart district, which is heavily populated by immigrants, the BBC reported.


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