Three dead, nine injured in Utrecht shooting: mayor

Utrect tram shooting suspect Gokmen Tanis has been arrested

GOKMEN TANIS The Utrecht tram shooter has been arrested

One person was feared dead and several suffered gunshot wounds on Monday in a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht and a hunt was underway for the gunman in an incident authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

Police and emergency personnel stand at the 24 Oktoberplace intersection in Utrecht, where a shooting took place Monday.

The mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, said three people had been killed and nine injured, three of them seriously.

Utrecht police said trauma helicopters were sent to the scene and appealed to the public to stay away.

Dutch police said they were looking for a 37-year-old Turkish man in connection with the shooting. Authorities have raised the terror threat level in Utrecht to its highest level and have implemented heightened security measures at airports, train stations and schools.

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The shooting left "multiple" people wounded, police said, adding that they are considering the possibility of a "terrorist motive".

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said he had fired at a relative on the tram and had then shot at others who tried to help her.

Anti-terror police and three emergency helicopters rushed to the scene shortly after, but it is not yet known how many people have been taken to hospital. Authorities said the suspect had a "terrorist motive" but was believed to have acted alone.

"Shooting incident. Several injured people reported".

The Dutch counter-terrorism agency NCTV said it could not rule out terrorism as a motive for the attack. The national head of counterterrorism said that crisis team was meeting about the incident.

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Earlier, footage showed what appeared to be a body lying under a white blanket.

At the time of the shooting, Utrecht Police wrote on Twitter: "The police is investigating the shooting at the #24oktoberplein in Utrecht this morning".

German police say they have upped surveillance on the country's border with the Netherlands.

He added that the terrorism threat level had been raised to the maximum of five in the province of Utrecht.

One eye-witness, who escaped from the site of attack, told a news portal that a "man started shooting wildly" at the passengers.

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In June, two terror suspects were arrested while close to carrying out attacks including at an iconic bridge in Rotterdam and in France, prosecutors said.

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