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Manhunt underway after suspected terror attack in Netherlands kills 3

U-OV U-Tram stellen 5004 en 5011, centraal station, Utrecht. (Roel Hemkes/Flickr)
March 18, 2019

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available. 

Police in the Netherlands are searching for the suspect in a shooting on a tram that killed three and injured nine others in what is being considered a terrorist incident.

A man with a gun opened fire on a tram early Monday morning in the city of Utrecht, CNN reported. A manhunt is underway for the suspect.

UPDATE, 10:35 a.m. EST – Police confirmed that three people have died in the attack, and nine are injured.


Police in Utrecht tweeted a photo of the suspect, who they identified as 37-year-old Gokman Tanis, a Turkish native.

“The police asks you to look out for the 37 year old Gökman Tanis (born in Turkey) associated with the incident this morning at the #24oktoberplein in #Utrecht. Do not approach him but call 0800-6070.” the police tweeted.

“A shooting occurred on the #24oktoberplein in #Utrecht. The incident has been reported at 10.45 hour. Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter,” the Utrecht Police tweeted.

“Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made,” said police spokesman Joost Lanshage, according to CNBC News.

Netherlands’ National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism P.J. Aalbersberg tweeted, “NCTV is monitoring the situation in #Utrecht. In close contact with local authorities. We cannot rule out terrorist motive. Crisis team is activated.”

Aalbersberg added that the threat level for Utrecht was raised to a 5 – the maximum.

“Perpetrator on the run. We cannot rule out terrorist motive,” he explained of the threat.

A threat level of five in the Netherlands refers to the risk of terrorist activity. It signifies when a terrorist attack has taken place or is about to take place.