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Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Carrying Out Utrecht Tram Shooting

Dutch Police have arrested a man wanted over the Utrecht tram shooting.

Police said the 37 year-old Turkish-born suspect, Gökmen Tanis, had been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt.

He is suspected of killing three people and injuring another five on a tram in Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday.

One of the victims is suspected to be one of his relatives.

Dutch authorities also say he has a criminal record.

“Yes, the suspect was known within the justice department. He had a criminal record. That is indeed what we know. I can give no more details”, a police spokesperson said.

There are also reports that the suspect was charged with raping a woman in 2017, and also attempted manslaughter and petty crimes.

Prime Minister, Mark Rutte said some of the wounded “are still in a critical condition”.

“Three people are dead, three people are fighting for their lives,” he said.

“There was an attack today in the Netherlands – if it had terror motives, that is being investigated. But it was very serious. The world shares our grief.”

 

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