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Utrecht tram shooting is thought to be terror related

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Police in Utrecht have revealed there was a note in the gunman’s getaway car, this is leading them to “seriously” consider Gokmen Tanis motives were terrorism related.

On Monday morning three people were shot dead and six were injured when Tanis opened fire on a tram, at 24 Oktoberplein in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

Turkish born Tanis who is 37-years old was arrested with two other men, as the police raided several properties in the city.

A spokesman for the Dutch police said on Tuesday, “The investigation has so far revealed no relationship between the main suspect and the victims. A firearm was found during his arrest.

“So far, a terrorist motive has been seriously taken into account. Among other things, a letter found in the flight car and the nature of the fact give cause for this.

“Other motives are not excluded, they are also being investigated.”

However, Bernhard Jens a police spokesman said they are “not 100 per cent sure” of the motive “It could still be a domestic dispute.”

A former girlfriend of Tanis, said he is a “crazy drug user, not a terrorist but a psychopath.”

A bar snack worker, Roos Verschuur aged 19, Rinke Terpstra a 49-year old football coach and a 28-year old man also died yesterday in the shooting.




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