Dutch police launch manhunt after ‘multiple’ people shot, 1 killed in Utrecht tram attack

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Dutch police launch manhunt after ‘multiple’ people shot, 1 killed in Utrecht tram attack

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One person was killed and “multiple” people were wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, police said Monday.

They’re considering a possible “terrorist motive” and have launched a manhunt as they investigate reports of other shootings.

The Dutch anti-terror co-ordinator raised the threat alert in Utrecht province to its highest level after someone opened fire on the tram around 10:45 a.m. local time on Monday.

An anti-terrorism unit was sent to the scene, and according to police, anti-terror co-ordinatorPieter-JaapAalbersberg said investigators were considering the possibility there was a “terrorist motive.”

“The culprit is still on the run. A terror motive cannot be excluded,” he said in a Twitter message.

Emergency workers gather at the scene of Monday’s shooting on a tram. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA-EFE)

Dutch police said they were looking for a least one person who might have fled by car. Spokesperson Bernhard Jens did not rule out that more people might be involved.

Utrecht police cordoned off the 24 October Square tram station, located in a residential neighbourhood outside the city centre, while emergency services rushed to the scene.

Helicopters were dispatched to airlift victims to hospital and police were appealing to the public to stay away to allow first responders to do their work.

Police instructed schools in the city to keep their doors closed.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the situation “very worrying,” and the counterterror co-ordinator said he was holding a “crisis” meeting.

Heavily armed police walk beside a tram near Utrecht’s ’24 Oktoberplein’ (24 October Square) station after the shooting Monday in the Netherlands. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images)

This story originally appeared on CBC

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