Utrecht shooting: 'One dead' as man opens fire in tram
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At least one person has been killed and several injured after a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht, this morning.

The attack began at 10.45am local time after a gunman opened fire in a tram on 24 Oktoberplein, a square just outside of the city centre.

Dutch publication ANP has claimed at least one person has died as a result of the attack, while several others are understood to have been resuscitated on the tram and in the street.

The gunman fled the scene and police have confirmed that no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident. The threat level for the city has been raised to its highest level.

The gunman is said to have opened fire on a tram, leaving several people injured. Credit: Twitter/Martijn van der Zande
The gunman is said to have opened fire on a tram, leaving several people injured. Credit: Twitter/Martijn van der Zande

 

Anti-terror coordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said: “Threat level up to 5, only for province #utrecht up to 18 hours. Offender still fugitive. Terrorist motif not excluded. Follow Directions Local Authorities.”

NOS News has reported that armed police have now surrounded an address just a few hundred metres away from where the incident took place.

Authorities have urged schools to keep their doors locked, while mosques have also been evacuated.

Writing on Twitter, a spokesperson for Utrecht Police said: “The police is investigating the shooting at the #24oktoberplein in Utrecht this morning. An possible terrorist motif is part of the investigation.

Anti-terror police and three emergency helicopters rushed to the scene shortly after the attack, but it is not yet known how many people have been taken to hospital.

 

A resident who lives close to where the alleged attack happened, told RTV Utrecht that several shots were heard and he had seen a woman lying on the ground.

He said: “I didn’t do anything. I came from my job when it happened.

“I am standing at the traffic lights on 24 October Square and I see a woman lying down, I think she is between 20 and 35.

“At that moment I heard pang pang pang three times, four men walked very fast towards her and they tried to drag her away and then I heard pang pang pang again and those guys let go of that woman again.”

 

Police have urged members of the public to stay away from the area and allow the first responders room to work.

“Shooting incident report # 24oktoberplein in Utrecht was at 10.45 a.m. This is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma heli have been deployed to provide assistance,” they wrote shortly after the attack.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said he is ‘deeply concerned’ about the incident and all political parties have suspended their election campaigns.

Police have opened a dedicated phone line for the public to contact with questions and information.

Map showing Utrecht in The Netherlands

 

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