Gunman kills three on tram in Dutch city

A gunman opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht killing some passengers and wounding others. Police are hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man.
Dutch Special Police Forces inspecting the tram (top) yesterday after the attack, which the police believe was committed by a Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis (above).
Dutch Special Police Forces inspecting the tram (above) yesterday after the attack, which the police believe was committed by a Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis.PHOTO: EPA-EFE, POLITIE NEDERLAND/TWITTER
Dutch Special Police Forces inspecting the tram (top) yesterday after the attack, which the police believe was committed by a Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis (above).
Dutch Special Police Forces inspecting the tramyesterday after the attack, which the police believe was committed by a Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis (above).PHOTO: EPA-EFE, POLITIE NEDERLAND/TWITTER

Three people were killed and nine hurt when a gunman opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht yesterday, in what officials said was a possible terrorist attack.

Armed counter-terrorism police launched a huge manhunt for the attacker, who they said was a 37-year-old Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis. Police released a picture of the suspect, but gave no further details.

The shooting came days after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

On the latest attack, one report cited a witness as saying the gunman had targeted a woman on the tram, and then shot those who had tried to help her.

The terror alert level in Utrecht was raised to its highest level as local residents were warned to stay indoors. Schools were shut and security was stepped up at airports, other vital buildings and mosques.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was deeply concerned about the incident.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Gunman kills three on tram in Dutch city'. Print Edition | Subscribe