Amsterdam explosions may be linked to rapper death, police say

Police think the explosions may be linked. Photo: ANP Inter Visual Studio

Police have arrested two men in connection with a string of explosions in Amsterdam, which they say may be linked to the murder of rapper Bigidagoe who was gunned down in Sloterdijk at the weekend.

The explosions took place at three addresses in Amsterdam late on Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday.

The men, a 23-year-old and a 28-year-old, were arrested in a car that was spotted driving away at high speed from the scene of one blast in Amsterdam Noord.

The word “war” had been daubed on the side of the building where the blast took place. This was also the case at another location on the Populierenweg in Amsterdam Oost, which suggests the two are linked, police said.

The murder of Bigidagoe, whose real name is Danzel Joel Silos, and who was allegedly involved in the drugs trade, may have sparked a war between rival rap groups, police said.

Silos’ funeral will take place on Saturday at the Westgaarde cemetery. Police have not said if extra security measures will be in place,

The investigation into Silos’ murder is ongoing. Police received one tip-off following a call for information in crime show Opsporing Verzocht, which may have led to the arrest on Wednesday morning of a 20-year-old man at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in France.

The man was detained by French border police as he tried to board a plane to Cayenne in French Guiana, the AD reported.

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