Utrecht capturing: ‘Three lifeless’ after assault on tram

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Police launched this picture of Gokmen Tanis

Three folks have been killed following a capturing on a tram within the central Dutch metropolis of Utrecht, the town’s mayor says.

9 others had been injured within the incident which police say seems to be a terrorist assault.

Police are in search of a 37-year-old Turkish man named as Gokmen Tanis and have warned folks to not strategy him.

Colleges have closed and safety has been elevated whereas counter-terrorism police work to seek out the gunman.

“We can’t exclude a terrorist motive,” Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg instructed a information convention on Monday.

“So much remains to be unclear at this level and native authorities are working arduous to determine all of the details,” Mr Aalbersberg mentioned.

He added that there had been shootings at “a number of areas”, however didn’t elaborate on the place these had been.

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Prime Minister Mark Rutte has mentioned the incident was “deeply disturbing”.

“An act of terror is an assault on our civilisation [and] on our tolerant and open society,” he mentioned.

Counter-terrorism police earlier surrounded a home close to the 24 Oktoberplein junction, the place the tram assault came about, however no arrests seem to have been made.

In the meantime, the menace degree has been quickly raised to its highest level within the province of Utrecht.

Utrecht College has closed all of its buildings and trains usually are not allowed to run into the town’s central station.

Paramilitary police have additionally been despatched to airports and mosques amid elevated safety considerations.

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Police say all efforts at the moment are centered on catching the gunman

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