At least three people dead and several others sustained bullet injuries when a gunman opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday (March 17), officials said. The ductch police is on high alert and major operation to arrest the gunman is underway.
Police issued a picture of Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis, 37 and warned the public not to approach him, as armed counter-terrorism officers surrounded a nearby building. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said a terror attack “could not be excluded”, vowing that the Nether Security forces were on high alert at airports and mosques following the shooting, after which a body covered in a white sheet could be seen lying on the tram tracks.
“We are working on the principle that it was a terrorist attack,” Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said on Twitter. “At this stage, we can confirm three deaths and nine wounded, three of them seriously.” Police also confirmed the toll. “We cannot exclude a terrorist motive,” the head of the Dutch national counter-terrorism service, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, told a brief news conference before rushing off for a crisis meeting.
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17 November, 2019