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4 killed, 16 wounded in Dutch mall shooting

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch officials say a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall outside Amsterdam, leaving four people dead and wounding 16 others.

The city government of the quiet suburb of Alphen aan den Rijn announced the death toll of Saturday’s shooting at the Ridderhof mall on its Twitter account.

Dutch broadcaster NOS cited witnesses as saying the man later shot himself in the head with a second weapon, a pistol, and is one of the four fatal victims.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

AMSTERDAM (AP) – A gunman opened fire at a Dutch shopping mall, killing at least two people and wounding several others Saturday, state broadcaster NOS reported.

A witness identified as Maart Verbeek said the attacker had a machine gun and that he had seen at least five people he believed were killed and numerous people wounded at the mall in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, 13 miles (21 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam, NOS reported.

The broadcaster, however, cited the government as saying that at least two were killed at the Ridderhof mall. But the city government issued a statement saying it could not yet confirm the number of victims.

“There are dead and wounded; the number cannot yet be determined,” the statement said. “The mall has been cleared and a wide area around it is cordoned off.”

Police said they could not immediately comment on the incident.

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