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Utrecht tram shooting: Death toll rises to three, police hunt for Turkish man

Netherlands Utrecht Tram Shooting: "At this stage, we can confirm three deaths and nine wounded, three of them seriously," Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said.

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Netherlands Utrecht Tram Shooting: Emergency services at the shooting scene on Monday. (AP)

Netherlands Utrecht Tram Shooting Highlights: At least three persons were killed and five others were injured in a shooting inside a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, police said on Monday. Identifying the suspect as 37-year-old Gökmen Tanis, a resident of Turkey, police said the gunman is still at large, prompting authorities to raise the terrorism threat to its highest level the province. Expressing “deep concerns”, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the government is holding talks over the incident.

According to Dutch police, the incident in Utrecht took place at around 10.45 am. “Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made,” police spokesman Joost Lanshage was quoted as saying by Reuters. An eyewitness told local broadcaster RTV Utrecht that he had seen a woman lying on the ground amid some kind of confrontation. Several men ran away from the scene, the witness added.

The October 21st square, a tram station outside the city centre, has been cordoned off for now. Emergency services are at the spot and a probe is underway. Taking to Twitter, Utrecht police said, “The police is investigating the shooting at the #24oktoberplein in Utrecht this morning. A possible terrorist motif is part of the investigation.”

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Three persons were killed in a shooting inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Highlights

Not nine, five injured in Utrecht shooting: Police

Dutch PM Mark Rutte address the media


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus address the media in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday. (AP)

Cops confirm three killed in Utrecht shooting

Death toll in Utrecht tram shooting rises to three

Speaking on the death toll, Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said that three persons were killed so far. In a video statement on Twitter, the mayor said, "At this stage, we can confirm three deaths and nine wounded, three of them seriously."

Utrecht police identify suspect as Gökmen Tanis

Utrecht police release photo of suspect

Releasing a photo of the suspect, Utrecht police urged locals to contact authorities in case the gunman is spotted any where.

Dutch political parties halt campaigning

After the shooting, Dutch political parties halted campaigning ahead of a provincial election scheduled for Wednesday that will also determine the makeup of the Dutch parliament's upper house.

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Culprit still at large: Counter-Terrorism Agency head

"In Utrecht, there was a shooting at several locations," Netherlands Counter-Terrorism Agency head Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a news conference. He added, "A lot is still unclear at this point and local authorities are working hard to establish all the facts. What we already know is that a culprit is at large."

Police on alert after Utrecht tram shooting


Police are seen after the shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands. (Reuters)

Cops urge locals to remain in city

Gun killings rare in Utrecht

Utrecht, the Netherlands' fourth largest city, is known for its picturesque canals and large student population. Gun killings are rare in Utrecht, as elsewhere in the Netherlands.

No information on gunman, victims yet

Dutch broadcaster NOS said police had surrounded a building where the suspected gunman was believed to be holed up. There was no immediate word on who the gunman was or on the precise number or identity of the victims.

Cops urge eyewitnesses to share images of Utrecht shooting

Shooting underway at 'several' locations at Utrecht

According to the head of Dutch counter-terrorism agency, shooting is underway at "several" locations in the city.

Cops surround building near Utrecht shooting site

According to news agency AP, heavily armed police have surrounded a building near the site of tram shooting in Utrecht.

Utrecht shooting area cordoned off


Following the shooting in a residential neighbourhood, police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area. (Reuters)

Trauma helicopters at Utrecht shooting site

Following the incident in a residential neighbourhood, police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area as trauma helicopters landed at the scene and appealed to the public to stay away to allow first responders to do their work. Television footage showed that a body appeared to be lying next to the tram.

'Shooting in Utrecht appears to be terrorist attack'

The shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht "appears to be a terrorist attack", the head of the country's counter-terrorism agency said. According to Reuters, Dutch broadcaster NOS said Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg made the assessment after several people were shot in a tram in the central province of Utrecht.

Police share emergency helpline contact after Utrecht tram shooting

Security increased across airports, mosques

Following the shooting in Utrecht, Dutch paramilitary force has been increased across airports and vital public infrastructure. Security has also been increased at schools, mosques and transportation hubs.

Dutch authorities raise terrorism level to maximum in Utrecht

In the wake of the shooting, the Dutch government raised the terrorism threat level to the highest possible in the province of Utrecht. The National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator said it had raised the alert level as the suspected shooter was still at large.

Police advise locals to avoid shooting site

Eyewitness recounts Utrecht tram shooting

An eyewitness told local broadcaster RTV Utrecht that he had seen a woman lying on the ground amid some kind of confrontation. Several men ran away from the scene, the witness added. The October 21st square, a tram station outside the city centre, has been cordoned off for now. Emergency services are at the spot and a probe is underway.

Police probing terror angle

Emergency services at Utrecht shooting site

The October 21st square, a tram station outside the city centre, has been cordoned off for now. Emergency services are at the spot and a probe is underway. In the wake of the attack, police have instructed the schools to keep their doors closed, local media reported.

One person likely dead in Utrecht tram shooting: Police

Dutch authorities suspect one person was killed in the tram shooting, a police spokeswoman told Reuters. Separately, a reporter for Dutch national broadcaster NOS said a white sheet had been placed over a body near the tram where the shooting took place. 

Security tightened, helicopters at Utrecht tram shooting scene

According to Dutch police, the incident took place at around 10.45 am. “Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made,” police spokesman Joost Lanshage was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Several wounded in Utrecht tram shooting

Several people were injured in a shooting inside a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, police said on Monday. Taking to Twitter, police said, "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."

According to Dutch police, the shooting inside a tram in Utrecht took place at around 10.45 am. “Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made,” police spokesman Joost Lanshage was quoted as saying by Reuters. An eyewitness told local broadcaster RTV Utrecht that he had seen a woman lying on the ground amid some kind of confrontation. Several men ran away from the scene, the witness added.