Police: Amsterdam coffee shop shootings may be connected

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New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie). (New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie))

The police believe that six shootings at Amsterdam coffeeshops in less than a year's time may be connected, a spokesperson said to the Telegraaf. According to the police, it is "unlikely" that it involves six separate incidents.  As to a motive behind the shootings, the police are considering two scenarios, according to the newspaper. It could be extortion, for example forcing owners to buy drugs only from a particular organization. Or it could simply be "eliminating the competition" by forcing the coffeeshops to close. Coffeeshop on Wednesday following a shooting early that morning. Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan concluded that it posed a risk to public order and safety. In September down after a shooting. So was after the at the establishment this year.

In May multiple in Amsterdam-Zuid. De Kroon in Amsterdam-Zuid was shot at in January and was targeted in February. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan decided to In November last year coffeeshops on and were the targets of drive-by shootings.