The man who shot dead a police officer in the Groningen town of Baflo on Wednesday night is an asylum seeker who has lost his right to stay in the Netherlands and is about to be deported, the Telegraaf reports.
Police have declined to comment on the claims, pending a news conference later in the day. The man was arrested after other police officers shot him in the leg.
The 48-year-old police officer was apparently shot dead with his own gun in a scuffle with the man. He was wanted in connection with the killing of a 29-year-old woman earlier in the evening. She had been battered to death with a fire extinguisher.
Earlier this month, an Iranian man who had lost his right to stay in the country set himself on fire in the centre of Amsterdam.
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