One person killed in shooting in Utrecht

2019-03-18 at 17:47

A gunman has opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing one person and injuring several others.

The area in the west of the city has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. Authorities said the gunman is still at large.

Police have asked people to stay away from the area and schools to keep their doors closed.

They say they are investigating a “possible terrorist motive”.

The Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator is in touch with local authorities and says the threat level has been temporarily raised to its highest point in Utrecht.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was “deeply concerned” and cancelled his weekly coalition talks.

Security services have reportedly told Utrecht’s University Medical Centre to open the dedicated emergency ward to help care for the injured.

It is unknown how many were injured or how seriously they were hurt.

Utrecht’s transport authority said some tram services were again running in the city, although warned travellers to “take into account additional travel time”.