Tram shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht kills 3, injures 9, attacker at large
The Dutch counter-terrorism unit has surrounded a building where the gunman may be located, local media has reported. The perpetrator manged to escape the scene of the crime earlier, despite police cordoning off the area and adjacent streets.
Slachtoffer wordt terwijl medewerkers hem/haar in ambulance leggen nog steeds gereanimeerd. pic.twitter.com/73aOZx2Qrz— Yelle Tieleman (@YelleTieleman) 18 марта 2019 г.
The shooting has left three people dead and nine injured, the city's mayor has confirmed.Also on rt.com Shootings at 'several' locations in Utrecht – head of Dutch counterterrorism agency
Police said it's looking at all plausible motives for the shooting, including terrorism.
The police is investigating the shooting at the #24oktoberplein in Utrecht this morning. An possible terrorist motif is part of the investigation.— Politie Utrecht (@PolitieUtrecht) March 18, 2019
The Dutch counter-terror agency said the shooting appears to be a terror attack. The Netherlands raised the terror threat in Utrecht province to highest.
Police have released a photo of a bearded man sitting on public transport, dressed in a dark blue top, identifying him as Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis. He is being searched for as a suspect in the attack.
The police asks you to look out for the 37 year old Gökman Tanis (born in Turkey) associated with the incident this morning at the #24oktoberplein in #Utrecht. Do not approach him but call 0800-6070. pic.twitter.com/U1IWEDtUYu— Politie Utrecht (@PolitieUtrecht) March 18, 2019
Medevac helicopters have been send in to airlift the wounded, Utrecht police said.
BREEK - Volgens getuigen heeft een man in een tram op weg naar Utrecht CS een wapen getrokken en meerdere personen neergeschoten. Hulpdiensten massaal aanwezig en bezig met eerste hulp in de tram. pic.twitter.com/eQOWF2e5Ze— Yelle Tieleman (@YelleTieleman) 18 марта 2019 г.
U-OV, a local transport company, said tram services were suspended all around the city. As the situation developed, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte canceled the weekly coalition meeting and will consult with a crisis response team.
He said all efforts were concentrated on catching the “suspect or suspects” in the shooting, but didn’t comment on whether it was a terrorist attack.
“Our country today has been jolted by an attack in Utrecht,” Rutte said. “Police and prosecutors are looking into what exactly happened. What’s known now is that there was shooting at people sitting in a tram in Utrecht, that there were wounded, and possibly deaths.”
A shooting occurred on the #24oktoberplein in #Utrecht. The incident has been reported at 10.45 hour. Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter.— Politie Utrecht (@PolitieUtrecht) March 18, 2019
It is still unclear if the shooter acted alone or had accomplices. “A man started shooting wildly," an eyewitness told Dutch news outlet NU.nl. But the AD.nl website cited a witness who said there were four gunmen who opened fire at a woman near the tram station.
24 Oktoberplein street, where the shooting took place, is an important traffic junction in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands.
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