Dead as Dutch Police Search for Gunman in Tram Shooting

Rescue workers are seen following a shooting in Utrecht Netherlands on Monday

A gunman suspected of killing three people and injuring five others inside a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht Monday, was arrested following a manhunt involving heavily armed officers with dogs.

"We want to try to catch the person responsible as soon as possible", Mr Jens said.

Police spokesman Bernhard Jens said no one had been detained yet in the shooting, and one possible "explanation is that the person fled by vehicle".

According to the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV), the attack has all the characteristics of a terrorist attack. "Information not yet full". The gunman is on the run.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that more than one shooter was involved in the attack. "It is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed to provide help", the police said.

Mosques in Utrecht had shut for the day following the attack, the ANP news agency said. He said the shooting was now over, but that the police operation was ongoing. "Information not yet full".

Utrecht is commonly known as being a university town, popular with global students and a small population of approximately 350,000 people.

Emergency services attend the scene of a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands.

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The Municipality Utrecht has a telephone line arranged for public questions about the situation, police tweeted.

Police said the suspected gunman was at large and authorities raised the terrorism threat to its highest level in Utrecht province.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands government is holding crisis talks after the shooting incident in Utrecht, reported to Reuters.

Military police have also boosted security at airports and key buildings.

It comes days after a shooter killed 50 in an attack on two mosques here in New Zealand.

Officials did not immediately confirm a fatality, but a body was seen covered with a white sheet at the scene.

The site of a shooting is pictured in Utrecht, Netherlands, March 18, 2019.

The Algemeen Dagblad newspaper, citing a witness, reported a similar account of the incident.

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