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AMSTERDAM (AP) — One of the Netherlands’ most popular wrongdoing journalists was shot Tuesday evening in a shameless assault in midtown Amsterdam and was battling for his life in a medical clinic, the Dutch capital’s city hall leader said.

Peter R. de Vries, who is generally praised for intrepid giving an account of the Dutch hidden world, was shot in the wake of showing up on a current issues TV program. It was a bizarrely fierce assault on a columnist in the Netherlands.

“Peter R. de Vries is for us all a public legend, a strangely gutsy columnist, resolutely looking for equity,” Mayor Femke Halsema said at a quickly assembled news gathering at the city’s police base camp.

“Today, equity in our nation seems far off. A ruthless, apprehensive wrongdoing has been carried out,” Halsema added.

Police Chief Frank Paauw said two suspects were kept, “counting a potential shooter” in a presumed escape vehicle halted on an interstate nearly 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the city. A third suspect was kept in Amsterdam, he said.

There was no prompt word on an intention.

De Vries had for some time been viewed as a potential objective of the hoodlums he obstinately gave an account of. Police and examiners declined Tuesday night to remark on whether the 64-year-old columnist got police assurance.

Guardian Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the shooting “stunning and vast”

“An assault on a gutsy columnist and furthermore an assault on the free news coverage that is so fundamental for our majority rules system, our sacred express, our general public,” Rutte said

De Vries had as of late been going about as a counselor and associate to an observer in a significant preliminary of the supposed head of a wrongdoing posse police depicted as an “oiled killing machine.”

The presumed gangland pioneer, Ridouan Taghi, was removed to the Netherlands from Dubai in 2019. He is right now in prison while he stands preliminary alongside 16 different suspects.

Lord Willem-Alexander and his better half Queen Maxima tweeted a message of help and said that “columnists should be allowed to complete their significant work without dangers.”

De Vries won an International Emmy in 2008 for a network show he made about the vanishing of U.S. youngster Natalee Holloway while she was on vacation in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005.

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