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Attack (terrorist) in a tram in Utrecht (V3)

(B2) A gun attack took place in Utrecht (Netherlands), October 24 Square, around 10:45 a.m. this Monday (March 18) morning. A man armed with a gun reportedly burst into a tram, shooting passengers. The results: three deaths and five wounded (and not nine as initially announced).

The terrorist motive is taken into account officially, but only as a possibility. The Utrecht police confirmed this in a tweet.

A shooter on the run

The shooter was able to escape. He is actively sought. A DSI anti-terrorist unit has been deployed in the city, as well as police reinforcements, according to the press Dutch. Staff have also been reinforced in several places in the country. Surveillance around Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) has notably been strengthened. The threat level for the province of Utrecht has been increased to the maximum possible level (level 5), until 18 p.m. this evening, and in the rest of the country at level 4. schools, the university and university college located in the shooting zone were closed. All mosques in Utrecht also closed their doors as a precaution after the incident. Closing " made in consultation with the police said a spokesperson for the Ulu Mosque, the largest mosque in Utrecht.

At the beginning of the afternoon, the police launched a call for witnesses against an individual named “ Gökman Tanis, born in Turkey and aged 37 ».  of the shooting in Utrecht.

(updated) The suspect in the shooting was finally arrested Monday evening in the Oudenoord district of Utrecht, police said around 19 p.m. The precautionary measures have been partially lifted.


Updated 14 p.m. / 20 p.m.: exact toll, arrest

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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