Police identify 37-year-old Turkish man for Utrecht shooting

Utrect tram shooting suspect Gokmen Tanis has been arrested

"If it is a terror attack, then we have only one answer: Our nation, democracy, must be stronger that fanaticism and violence", he added. The alert will be in place until at least 18:00 local time.

Emergency services are at the scene and three helicopters were despatched, the authorities have cordoned off the 24 Oktoberplain square. The incident "currently has all the characteristics of a terrorist attack", NATC said. He said the shooting was now over, but that the police operation was ongoing. "The police ask you to watch out for 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis (born in Turkey) in connection with this morning's incident", a police statement said. In Rotterdam, police said they were increasing security at mosques and at train stations.

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

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Police in Germany say they have upped surveillance on the country's border and are on the lookout for the gunman. The alert level was raised to its highest level for the area around Utrecht.

The streets of Utrecht were emptier than usual and mosques in the city kept their doors closed on Monday.

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German police are in close contact with authorities in the Netherlands and have a description of the suspect, he said, but would not elaborate for security reasons.

"Investigation into shooting incident #24oktoberplein #Utrecht is underway, " Utrecht police tweeted.

Dutch police have arrested the man accused of shooting three people dead and leaving five more wounded on a Utrecht tram as authorities work to determine a motive for the deadly incident.

Police spokesman Bernhard Jens said that no one had been detained yet. "At this moment the police consider several scenarios, including the possibility of a terrorist attack".

A reporter for NOS said a white sheet had been placed over a body near the tram where the shooting had taken place.

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

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