Peter R de Vries: Dutch crime journalist wounded in Amsterdam shooting

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A prominent Dutch journalist known for investigating the criminal underworld has been shot and seriously wounded on a street in central Amsterdam.

Peter R de Vries, 64, was shot minutes after leaving a TV studio, where he had appeared on a chat show.

Mr de Vries is famed for his work on exposing mobsters and drug lords, and has helped police solve a number of high-profile cases.

Three suspects have been arrested, including the possible gunman.

The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, described Mr de Vries as “a national hero to us all” and as “a rare, courageous journalist who tirelessly sought justice”.

The attack happened just after 19:30 (17:30 GMT), as the journalist was walking away from the studio on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat.

Five shots were fired at close range and Mr de Vries, 64, was hit in the head, local media report.

Minutes earlier he had appeared on the TV programme RTL Boulevard to talk about the case of a hairdresser who was murdered in 2019.

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