3 killed, several injured in shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht

At least three people died in a shooting in the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning, police said. The shooting incident was reported at 10:45 hours. Multiple people have reportedly injured in the shooting incident, the Utrecht Police tweeted.

“At this stage, we can confirm three deaths and nine wounded, three of them seriously,” Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said in a video statement on Twitter.

The Utrecht police said a square at a tram station outside the city center had been cordoned off as emergency services were at the scene. More details are awaited. The shooting is being treated as a terrorist attack.

“A shooting occurred on the 24 Octoberplein in Utrecht. The incident has been reported at 10.45 hours. Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter,” Utrecht Police said.

“Shooting incident… Several injured people reported. Assistance started,” the Utrecht police Twitter account said. “It is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed to provide help.”

“It is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed to provide help.” Local media showed photographs of masked, armed police and emergency vehicles surrounding a tram that had stopped near a road bridge.

Tram traffic in the area was halted, operator Qbuzz was quoted as saying by the ANP news agency.

The Utrecht Police also tweeted a picture of the shooting suspect. “The police asks you to look out for the 37-year-old Gökman Tanis, born in Turkey,” the police said.

The Dutch city shooting has come nearly a week after a gunman opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch area. At least 50 people who had gathered in the mosques for Friday prayers were killed in the shooting. The gunman, identified as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, was arrested soon after.

With inputs from Reuters.


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