Police search a tram after a gunman opened fire in Utrecht on Monday.
Police search a tram after a gunman opened fire in Utrecht on Monday.

Utrecht tram shooting: 3 killed, suspect held

ANI | Updated: Mar 19, 2019 02:59 IST

Utrecht [Netherlands], Mar 19 (ANI): Dutch authorities on Monday arrested the suspect accused of opening fire inside a tram in Utrecht city in central Netherlands which left three people dead and five others injured.
The gunman, Gokmen Tanis, who hails from Turkey, was arrested by the police after a manhunt was launched to nab the suspect, Central Netherlands Police chief Rob van Bree said.
Meanwhile, a second suspect was arrested and sent to custody. However, it is unclear whether he was involved in the shooting or not, CNN reported.
Following the arrests, Dutch authorities downgraded the terror threat level in Utrecht province to Level 4, which was raised to 5, during the attack, meaning critical. Police said that they were considering "a possible terrorist motive" for the shooting.
Terming the attack as a "deeply disturbing" one, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the shooting was “an attack on our tolerant and open society."
Security has been beefed up across the country in the wake of the attack with heavy deployment of police at places of worship, railway stations, airports, government buildings and, educational institutions.
The shooting comes less than a week after twin terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city killed 50 people. (ANI)

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