1 Person Feared Dead, Gunman at Large in Likely Terrorist Attack Shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands
The Dutch counter-terrorism police appeared to be preparing to raid a house located near the shooting site.
One person is feared dead as a result of wounds caused during Monday’s tram shooting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which the Dutch police say seems like a terrorist attack.
Several more people have been injured in the Utrecht tram shooting, and the gunman remains at large, the Dutch police said, making it clear they have not taken anybody into custody yet.
There are reports counter-terrorism forces are preparing to launch a storming of a house located near the tram shooting site.
A gunman opened fire inside a tram near the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht at about 10:45 am local time (09:45 GMT) on Monday, according to various reports confirmed by the Dutch police.
“[The shooting] appears to be a terrorist attack,” Dutch Counter-terror police reportedly say, as cited by the BBC.
While the tram shooting is now over, the police operation remains in progress, with the shooting site cordoned off, and a number of heavily-armed police involved, including helicopters.
It is still unknown how many people were injured or how seriously they were hurt in the likely terrorist attack shooting in the Utrecht tram.
“A man started shooting wildly,” one eyewitness to the Utrecht tram shooting told Dutch news site NU.nl.
The shooting caused a temporary halt of public transport throughout Utrecht as well as the lockdown of schools, Utrecht University buildings, and religious temples.
The National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism of the Netherlands, PJ Aalbersberg, announced on Twitter that the threat level had been raised to the highest possible for the city of Utrecht.
“We cannot rule out terrorist motive. Crisis team is activated,” Aalbersberg tweeted on the police operation responding to the Utrecht tram shooting.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was “deeply concerned” by the likely terrorist attack in the tram shooting in Utrecht, and canceled his weekly coalition talks.
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