Amsterdam is a tourist destination for many, boasting legal weed and prostitution. However, the Netherlands capital isn’t the worry free paradise many perceive it to be. Since 2012, a bloody turf war has been waged between feuding members of the “MORCO Mafia,” a network of North African gangs of Moroccan descent. The latest act of war may be the most gruesome seen, as a severed head was found lying in the street.
The head belonged to 23-year-old Nabil Amzieb. The rest of his body was found, partially burned in another section of the city. Amzieb is reportedly the youngest of the 20 killed since the birth of the “MORCO War.” According to Brietbart:
Police say the positioning of his head was done on purpose. His eyes were pointed toward a local shisha smoking lounge called “Fayrouz” which, according to local police, is a known meeting place for North African gangs who have been in a bitter and bloody turf war since 2012.
Police are tight lipped about the case and didn’t want to confirm many details as the investigation is still ongoing but it is known in the area that more such incidents have occurred and that at least one person was shot near the shisha bar in 2014.
Statistics released by the Dutch police revealed the seizures of 396 firearms and six murders over the past year. Though alarming, the murder figure has reduced from ten-per-year average reported in 2012.