Utrecht (Netherlands)/ A man has been arrested on Monday after a shooting on a tram that killed three people and injured five in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
Police said that officers have “arrested a man for his involvement in the shooting,” which authorities said appears to be a terror attack.
The suspect was “detained during a raid on The Old Town In Utrecht” the force said on Twitter.
Jan van Zanen, the mayor of Utrecht, said in a television broadcast earlier in the day that a terrorist motive to the attack could not be ruled out.
Police previously said they were looking for Turkish national Gökmen Tanis, 37, in connection with the shooting.
The attack took place at 10.45 am in 24 Oktoberplein, a busy junction underneath a highway bridge.
The Dutch counter-terrorism and security unit NCTV was involved in the investigation.
“NCTV is monitoring the situation in Utrecht. In close contact with local authorities. We cannot rule out a terrorist motive. Crisis team is activated,” Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, the NCTV’s national coordinator said.
He added that the terror threat level in the province of Utrecht, in central Netherlands, had been raised to five, the highest possible category, meaning a terrorist attack was “expected imminently.”
Netherlands broadcaster NOS said one of its reporters had seen a person lying immobile under a white sheet, an image later confirmed by television footage.
An eyewitness told NOS that an injured woman had come running out of the tram with blood covering her hands and on her clothes.
“I brought her into my car and helped her,” the eyewitness said. “When the police arrived, she was unconscious,” the eyewitness, whose name was not disclosed, told the broadcaster.
Television footage showed emergency services treating an injured person next to a car as a medical helicopter landed nearby.
The alert level, which was activated for a period of at least 18 hours, applied only to the Utrecht province, Aalbersberg said.
Armed police were deployed to the scene and security presence was boosted at the train stations and airports across the country.
Van Zanen said it was “a horrible and major incident in which victims have fallen,” adding, “I am in close contact with the police and the public prosecutor. An initial assessment has already been undertaken. The assessment can confirm that the police and public prosecutor are currently looking for the person responsible.”
Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, canceled a government meeting in light of the events, which he described as a “worrying situation.”
He said the government was “very concerned.”
Police said witnesses had seen a man take a weapon out and start shooting continually and at random before fleeing the scene.
The air ambulance service said it had deployed three helicopters to the scene.
Utrecht police requested that members of the public avoid the roads around the area to allow emergency responders to have access to the injured.
Utrecht is the fourth-largest city in the Netherlands located just 40 kilometers (24 miles) to the southeast of the capital, Amsterdam. (March 18, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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de la huida de un sospechoso.
de un tiroteo en una ciudad europea.
del arresto de un sospechoso.
se ha evitado que se produzca un tiroteo en Utrecht.
ha habido un ataque en la capital de Holanda.
un hombre ha disparado a unas personas en Utrecht.
No se sabe.
ya había cometido delitos en el pasado.
hasta ahora no había cometido ningún delito.
no ha utilizado un vehículo para huir.
No se sabe.
saben que eres inocente.
creen que has cometido un delito.
nadie piensa que seas culpable.
Apuntes de gramática: perfect tenses of the indicative mood