Festim Lato, an Albanian politician recently found murdered in the Amsterdam-Rijn canal, had his own private army in the Gelderland village of Afferden, where he lived. Various Dutch authorities were aware of this, but did not intervene, the Telegraaf reports based on sources and its own research.
Three teenagers from Ede and Bennekom were arrested on Wednesday for illegally selling weapons, including at least one automatic firearm, online, the police said in a statement. They will be arraigned on Friday.
The police registered a total of 527 shooting incidents throughout the Netherlands last year. That amounts to 1.5 shootings per day. A total of 44 people were killed in shootings in a year in a half, the Telegraaf reports based on figures requested from the National Police.
So far this year, a total of 240 shooting incidents were registered. That is a slight decrease compared to the same period last year. The newspaper has no figures regarding shooting incidents prior to 2018.
Two videos on Dutch video streaming site Dumpert, showing a man with an automatic weapon, led the police to confiscating the gun in question as well as "an arsenal of other weapons" in Bunnik on Tuesday, the police said in a statement.
The two videos were posted on Dumpert on February 8th. They show a man, with his face covered by an emoticon, firing an automatic weapon. The police immediately launched an investigation, which led them to a home in Bunnik.
Dejan A., one of three suspected shooters in a quadruple murder in Enschede last year, tried to buy an automatic firearm shortly before the murders, the Public Prosecutor revealed in the court in Almelo on Tuesday during a pro-forma hearing against the suspected suppliers of the weapons used in the murders, De Gelderlander reports.
The Amsterdam police found a real Kalashnikov, also known as an AK-47, offered for sale at RAI on Friday. The automatic weapon, which had been disabled, was offered as a collector's item, Het Parool reports.
Police officers found the weapon after a tip. Even though the gun was disabled, it's barrel had been sealed and no bullets could be placed in its cartridge, the possession of such a weapon is still a punishable offense, the police said.
The Kalashnikov was confiscated and an official report was filed against the owner.
The police are taking into account that 32-year-old Dyron Vrutaal was not the target of the Rotterdam shooting in which he was killed on Sunday. All scenarios is still open. "We also hear theories that it may have been mistaken identity", a police spokesperson said to newspaper AD.
The police are investigating a shooting incident, possibly involving an automatic firearm, at a bar on Spijkerlaan in Arnhem, the Arnhem police said on Twitter.
The shooting happened during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The bar was closed at the time, and no one was hurt.
Two possible suspects were seen leaving the scene on a scooter.
The police call on witnesses to come forward.
The use of a crown witness holds definite risks for the witness and his or her family, but can also make a "decisive contribution" in the fight against organized crime, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a parliamentary debate. Grapperhaus called it a "devilish dilemma", RTL Nieuws reports.
An 81-year-old woman was hit by a stray bullet while sleeping in her bed on Japuradreef in the Utrecht neighborhood of Overvecht just after midnight on Monday. The bullet was fired "probably with automatic firearms" in a shooting that left two other men injured, one of them seriously, the police said in a statement on Monday.
The elderly woman was "immediately transported to hospital and is doing well under the circumstances", the police said.
Two men were injured in a shooting in Utrecht just after midnight on Monday. Both victims were taken to hospital. One of them has "serious injuries", the Utrecht police said on Twitter. The perpetrator is still at large.
The shooting happened around 00:20 a.m. n Sabadreef. Multiple shots were fired. The perpetrator fled in a car. The police are investigating what happened and speaking to witnesses. According to newspaper AD, at least 28 bullet casings were found after the shooting.
A home on Van Lennepstraat in the Rotterdam district of Spangen was the target of an attack early on Wednesday morning. Around 25 shots were fired at the home with an automatic firearm, and a hand grenade was found in front of the house, AD reports.
No one was injured in the incident, the police said in a statement. Local residents were woken by the gun fire around 3:15 a.m.
The police arrested a 45-year-old man from Eindhoven on Thursday following the discovery of a large number of firearms in a storage box in the city. The man rented the storage box in which the weapons were found.
The weapons were discovered during an investigation into a drug lab the police dismantled on Heydaalweg in Eindhoven on July 7th. The drug lab was located in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Two suspects were arrested that same day, suspected of involvement in the drug lab. Over 200 thousand ecstasy pills were found in the home.
The Maaspoort area in Den Bosch was woken by gunfire during the early hours of Monday morning as a home on Stapelen was targeted in a shooting. On social media local residents describe the shots as sounding like machine gun- or automatic gunfire.
According to Omroep Brabant, the lower shutter of the home is riddled with bullet holes. The window behind the shutter was also severely damaged. Several surveillance cameras can be seen around the home.