Just days after a rogue gunman shot 50 people dead in Christchurch, New Zealand a further shooting has occurred in the Netherlands.
Armed police are searching multiple buildings in Utrecht after a Turkish gunman opened fire on a tram, killing three. A police spokesman, Bernhard Jens, said a “terrorist motive” could not be excluded, but added that police were “not 100% sure” about the motive. “It could still be a domestic dispute,” he said. “We will wait for the investigation before we say more.”
A state-run news agency in Turkey claimed the man shot a relative due to ‘family reasons’ and then shot at civilians who tried to help the victim. The mayor of Utrecht said that three were killed, and a further nine injured. Three more of which needed serious medical attention.
Van Zanen said that the police were searching for ‘definitely one’ suspect who had already been identified after liaison with the suspects family.
Utrecht police issued a CCTV picture of the suspect, named as Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, and warned people not to approach him but to alert the authorities if they saw him. They also appealed for witness photographs.
It is unclear as to whether this was a full-blown terrorist attack or not, but one thing is for certain. The war against terror isn’t over yet.