The killer was friends with a terrorist. From AP, :
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A suspected Muslim extremist with alleged terrorist ties was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing a Dutch filmmaker who received death threats after his recent movie sharply criticized how women are treated under Islam.
Theo van Gogh, 47, was repeatedly shot and stabbed to death while bicycling on an Amsterdam street Tuesday.
“Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Have mercy. Have mercy!” the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper quoted Van Gogh as begging his killer.
Another Dutch newspaper, the Telegraaf daily, carried a large color photograph of Van Gogh’s body with a knife protruding from his chest under the headline “Butchered.”
“We’re not going to take this,” the Dagblad said.
The paper said the killer shot Van Gogh eight or nine times, then calmly slipped his weapon in the pocket of a beige raincoat before bending over his victim and slitting his throat.
In obedience to Qur’an 47:4.
Police arrested a 26-year-old man with dual Moroccan-Dutch citizenship after a shootout. The suspect, who was wounded in the leg, was not identified.
Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said the suspect “acted out of radical Islamic fundamentalist convictions” and added that he had contacts with a group that was under surveillance by the Dutch secret service.
The suspect allegedly is friends with Samir Azzouz, an 18-year-old Muslim of Moroccan origin awaiting trial on charges of planning a terrorist attack targeting a nuclear reactor and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, NOS Dutch television reported.