At least one dead, several injured in Dutch tram shooting


  • World
  • Monday, 18 Mar 2019

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THE HAGUE (AFP/Reuters): At least one person was killed in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the Dutch ANP news agency reported on Monday.  

The victim was completely covered with a sheet and lying on the tracks between two carriages, ANP quoted one of its reporters as saying.  

According to AFP, there was no immediate official confirmation.  

Meanwhile,Reuters reported quoting Dutch police as saying said several people had been shot in a tram in the central city of Utrecht on Monday and that there may have been a "terrorist motive".  

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was "deeply concerned" and that crisis talks were to be held in response to the incident.  

Dutch radio said security had been increased at the seat of the government in The Hague.  

"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.  

Police could not immediately provide further details about the shooting incident and could not say how badly hurt the victims were.  

The victims' identity was unknown.  

The Utrecht police said The October 21st square, a tram station stop outside the city centre, had been cordoned off as emergency services were at the scene. - AFP/Reuters

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