Dutch police arrest suspect in Utrecht shooting

Police issued a picture of Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis and warned the public not to approach him.

Police issued a picture of Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis and warned the public not to approach him.

AFP

UTRECHT - Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected in a shooting in Utrecht on Monday that killed three people and wounded five, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported.

Police issued a picture of Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis and warned the public not to approach him, as armed counter-terrorism officers surrounded a nearby building.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said a terror attack "could not be excluded", vowing that the Netherlands would "never give way to intolerance".

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Security forces were on high alert at airports and mosques following the shooting, after which a body covered in a white sheet could be seen lying on the tram tracks.

"We are working on the principle that it was a terrorist attack," Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said on Twitter.

Zanen and Utrecht police said three people were killed. They initially said nine were wounded but later lowered the number to five.

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Several hours after the shooting the mayor lifted advice to residents to remain indoors, although the area remained cordoned off and forensic police were still combing the scene, AFP reporters said.

Reports in Dutch media quoted eyewitnesses as saying the gunman appeared to target one woman and others who tried to help her.

Suspect Tanis was reportedly in court in a rape case two weeks ago, broadcaster NOS said.

- Additional reporting Reuters

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