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Utrecht shooting: One likely dead, multiple injured, says police

Dutch authorities suspect one person was killed in a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht in Netherlands on Monday, a police spokesperson said.

Separately, a reporter for Dutch national broadcaster NOS said a white sheet had been placed over a body near the tram where the shooting took place.

They added that several people were wounded in the shooting, with local media reporting counter-terrorism police at the scene.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that the gunman is on the run according to the police. Police only spoke of one gunman but did not rule out the possibility there might be others, the ANP news agency quoted police as saying.

“A shooting occurred on the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht… Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter,” Utrecht police said on Twitter. “An possible terrorist motif is part of the investigation,” it added.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was “deeply concerned” about the incident.

“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.

(This is a developing story)

Source: thehindu.com

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