Dutch Police Arrest Turkish Man After Tram Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 5 Injured

By Published on March 19, 2019

Dutch police have arrested a Turkish man, Gokmen Tanis, 37, in connection to a tram shooting that left three people dead and five injured Monday.

Dutch authorities linked Tanis with the possible terrorist attack and began searching for him since the shooting took place around 10:45 a.m. local time, reported The New York Times.

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Police were calling Tanis “associated with the incident,” not a suspect, when still looking for him. They were also warning people not to approach him.

Utrecht’s mayor, Jan van Zanen, called Tanis a suspect and said three of the injured have serious wounds, according to The Times.

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

All mosques in Utrecht were evacuated by authorities and security was upped at other mosques around the Netherlands, reported The Times. Authorities did not say whether the evacuations were due to a specific threat or were done to be extra careful after the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday.

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Utrecht is a city of about 330,000 people located 25 miles from the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam.

The Netherlands had a rocky 2018, during which seven men were arrested for conspiring to commit a major terrorist attack in the country and an Afghan man stabbed two Americans in a railway station.

 

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