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Dutch shooting: Utrecht police arrest suspect after three killed

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19th March, 2019 08:55:49 printer

Dutch shooting: Utrecht police arrest suspect after three killed

 

A man has been arrested after three people were killed and five wounded, some seriously, in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

 

Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish man, was found several hours after the attack in a building about two miles (3km) from the scene.

 

Authorities said the attacker's motive was unclear.

 

The incident sparked a city-wide manhunt and the closure of schools.

 

What happened on Monday?

 

At about 10:45 local time (09:45 GMT), police were called to reports of a shooting on board one of the city's trams at the 24 Oktoberplein junction.

 

A man has been arrested after three people were killed and five wounded, some seriously, in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

 

Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish man, was found several hours after the attack in a building about two miles (3km) from the scene.

 

Authorities said the attacker's motive was unclear.

 

The incident sparked a city-wide manhunt and the closure of schools.

 

What happened on Monday?

 

At about 10:45 local time (09:45 GMT), police were called to reports of a shooting on board one of the city's trams at the 24 Oktoberplein junction.

 

One witness told local media that "a man started shooting wildly".

 

Several of the injured are in a critical condition.

 

What do we know about the suspect?

Police said the shooting appeared to be a terrorist incident but, at a press conference on Monday evening, a prosecutor said it could have been motivated by "family reasons".

 

Mr Tanis was known to Dutch police, the prosecutor added.

 

A local businessman told BBC Turkish that Gokmen Tanis had previously fought in Russia's republic of Chechnya.

 

Jihadist groups, including those aligned with the Islamic State (IS) group, have long operated in the region.

 

"He was arrested because of his connections with [IS] but released later," the businessman told the BBC.

 

Meanwhile, the threat level in Utrecht has been reduced following the arrest. It was earlier raised to its highest point and paramilitary police were posted to airports and mosques.

 

Utrecht University closed all its buildings and trains were not allowed to run into the city's central station. Some public transport services have now reopened.

 

Utrecht, the Netherlands' fourth largest city, has a population of about 340,000.

 

Crime levels are low and gun killings are rare, which is the case for much of the country.


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