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3 killed, several injured in Holland shooting attack

March 18, 2019 3:29 P.M. (Updated: March 20, 2019 4:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three people were shot dead and five others were injured, on Monday, after a gunman opened heavy fire in a tram, in Utrecht City, in the Netherlands.

According to local police, the gunman fled the scene and a wide-scale manhunt is being conducted across the Utrecht province.

Dutch news outlets said that counter-terror police reportedly investigated the shooting attack as a potential “terrorist attack.”

Sources also reported that heavily armed police are gathered in front of a house, near the 24 Oktoberplein Junction, where the shooting attack was carried out, with reports that the police are preparing to launch a raid.

The Dutch paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure points.

In addition, all mosques in Utrecht were evacuated and security was increased at mosques across the Netherlands.

The Utrecht University was also ordered to lockdown all buildings and trains are not allowed to run through Utrecht Central station.
The Utrecht police have arrested a 37-year-old Turkish-born suspect, identified as Gokmen Tanis.
The Dutch Justice Minister, Ferd Grapperhaus, said the suspect had a criminal record and that it was too early to say whether he had a terror motive.

Tensions are high following a recent terror attack in New Zealand, in which the Australian gunman shot and killed over 50 people, including six Palestinians, in two mosques in Christchurch City.

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