Update 4 | Shooting on Dutch tram: Police arrest suspect

Dutch police are investigating a 'possible terrorist motive' after a man opened fire on a tram in the city of Utrecht

A photo of the Utrecht attack suspect released by the Dutch police
A photo of the Utrecht attack suspect released by the Dutch police

Updated at 7pm with police arrest of suspect

Dutch police have arrested Gökmen Tanis, the suspect in connection with a shooting earlier on Monday on board a tram, which left three dead and others injured.

Earlier, the police in Utrecht had said they were looking for Tanis, who is 37 and was born in Turkey. The authorities said the shooting appeared to be a terrorist attack.

The shooting took place inside a tram in the city of Utrecht
The shooting took place inside a tram in the city of Utrecht

At 10.45am, a man started shooting at passengers on board a tram in the city of Utrecht. The incident happened at the 24 Oktoberplein intersection.

The suspect escaped from the scene by car and police mounted a massive search.

Utrecht police said they were investigating a "possible terrorist motive". The area was cordoned off and people were asked to stay away from the scene so as to make way for emergency services.

Schools in the city were closed as the terror threat in Utrecht was raised to its highest level.

Dutch anti-terror units were dispatched to the site and police helicopters were also circling the area.

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