Turkish nationalist found killed in Amsterdam office

Haydar Zengin (Photo: Facebook/Haydar Zengin). (Haydar Zengin (Photo: Facebook/Haydar Zengin))

A man was shot and killed in a building on Derkinderenstraat in Amsterdam West on Thursday afternoon. The victim has been identified as 37 year old Turkish born Haydar Zengin.

The police responded to the building around 3:10 p.m. and found the man dead. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. On Twitter the police confirm that he had been shot.

So far very little is known about the circumstances of and motive for Zengin's murder. The posts on his Facebook page seems to indicate that he was involved in politics. A few days before his murder he invited his Facebook friends to a meeting where Turkish parliamentarian Metin Kulunk of the ruling party AK would speak. He also posted a number of posts about the recent violence in Turkey in which he seems to oppose the Kurdish labor party PKK.

The tensions in Turkey has already caused a number of incidents in the Netherlands. Late last month the security around Turkish mosques in Rotterdam, Vlaardingen, Schiedam and Dordrecht was tightened after a number of Turkish buildings' windows were smashed. In July the Federation of Kurds in the Netherlands called on the Kurdish people living in the country not to allow international turmoil t spread to the Netherlands.

A number of assassinations of Turkish crime figures have been connected to Amsterdam, such as the murder of Baris Onder in April.

Zengin's body was found in the office of a construction company on Derkinderstraat, where he did the administration, acquaintances told the Parool. Between 2009 and 2013 Zengin had a businesses that provided legal advice, translation and interpretation and consultancy at various addresses in West, Nieuw-West and the Westelijk Havengebied. He was also active as a lawyer with an office in Wassenaar from 2010. He primarily handled cases in administrative law, civil law and social security law