THE HAGUE:- A shooting in downtown Amsterdam on Friday night left one person dead and two injured, Dutch police said. "One person has died and two wounded, a man and a young woman, were taken to hospital after a shooting on Grote Wittenburgerstraat, in the city centre," Amsterdam police spokesman Leo Dortland told AFP. While police refused to name the victim, Dutch media reported that he was a 17-year-old boy of Moroccan origin. He was reportedly shot near a children's playground in front of a community centre where children were taking cookery and kickboxing classes. –AFP

A wave of fear spread quickly throughout the Dutch capital, very popular with tourists, but Dortland said: "This is clearly not a terror attack, but a criminal incident."

Shots were fired from an automatic weapon, according to shocked witnesses who said they saw a hooded man run away after his victim fell to the ground, Dutch media reported.