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3 people killed, 9 injured in Netherland shooting

3 people killed, 9 injured in Netherland shooting

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Mar 18, 2019 - 19:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Three people died and nine were injured on Monday in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, according to a media report.

The authorities called a possible terrorist attack, and a manhunt was underway for a gunman who escaped the scene, the New York Times reported.

The Netherlands’ main counterterrorism agency raised its assessment of the threat in Utrecht province, just southeast of Amsterdam, to the highest level, and said it had activated a crisis team.

The Dutch paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure points.

The Utrecht Police said they were looking for Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey; they did not call him a suspect, but said he was “associated with the incident,” and warned people not to approach him.

Three people were dead and nine were wounded, three of them seriously, the mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, said in a video he posted to Twitter. Unlike the police, he called Mr. Tanis a suspect

“We are working on the assumption of a terrorist motive,” Mr. van Zanen said. “We think there is just one perpetrator, but we cannot exclude the possibly of there being several perpetrators.”

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