(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – Several masked men opened fire at a youth center on January 26 in 's central Grote Wittenburgstraat neighborhood, killing a 17-year-old boy of Moroccan origin.
Local Dutch media reported that the suspects entered the center in search of the young man before shooting him. He was killed while partaking in a kickboxing class.
A police spokesman said that, 'as soon as we have information to report on the investigation, which, once again, is an act of settlement of criminal accounts, we will do it.'
However, according to information from the consulate general of Morocco in Amsterdam, the individual who was targeted by the attack was 'involuntarily' killed. Additionally, the young Moroccan is a Dutch native of Suriname who is 'guilty of unlawful acts.'
The victim was known for his volunteer work benefiting young people, notably refugees within the Muslim Peace Foundation in the Netherlands, and has no known connection with drug trafficking, added the consulate.
The Ministry for Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs reacted to the incident, saying that it is 'closely following' the investigation and works in coordination with Morocco's diplomatic representatives in Amsterdam.