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Utrecht shooting: Three dead after attack on the tram



  Police released this image by Gokmen Tanis

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Police released this image from Gokmen Tanis

According to city mayors, three people were killed in the Dutch city of Utrecht after being shot dead in a tram.

Nine other people were injured in the incident, which is considered a terrorist attack, according to the police.

The police, after a 37-year-old Turkish man named GokmenTanis, did not trust the people

The schools were closed and security was increased while the police were looking for the shooter to fight terrorism.

"Our country has become the leader of a gang of sectarians," saidMinister PresidentMarkRutteamMonday "Police and prosecutorial examining whatsoever is up"

"Now it is well known that people shot in trams were shot," he added. He described the attack as "deeply disturbing."

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Media signature Dutch anti-terrorist coordinator: "Priority finds gunman"

"We can not rule out an attack terrorist motive:" Dutch anti-terrorist coordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said on Monday before a press conference ,

He added that shootings had taken place in "several places" but had not explained where they were.

Previously, the counter-terrorism police had surrounded a house near the 24th Octoberplein intersection where the tram attack had taken place, but there were apparently no arrests.

A businessman told the Turkish BBC that the suspect had previously fought in the Russian Republic of Chechnya

Jihadist groups, including those belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group, have long operated in the region.

"He was arrested for his ties to [IS]but later released," said the BBC businessman

Meanwhil Thus, the threat level was temporarily increased to the highest point in Utrecht province.

The University of Utrecht has closed all buildings and trains are not allowed to enter the city's main train station.

The population was encouraged to stay in the house, and paramilitary police were sent to airports and mosques amid increased security concerns.

Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and has about 340,000 inhabitants.

There are crime rates Low killings and shootings are rare, which is the case in much of the country.

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The threat level has been temporarily increased to the highest point in the province of Utrecht


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