At least 1 person reportedly dead in possible terror attack on Dutch tram; shooter still on the loose

Several people have been injured in a tram shooting in Utrecht, central Netherlands, on Monday morning.

At least one person is dead, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the country’s Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP) news agency.

A person, or a number of people, opened fire in a tram at the 24 Oktoberplein tram stop around 10:45 a.m., police said. Several shots were fired inside the tram, Reuters reported, citing police spokesman Joost Lanshage.

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Map showing the approximate location of the shooting.

Officers are also investigating a possible terrorist motive.

The shooting took place in a residential neighborhood just outside the city center, according to Reuters and The Associated Press.

Shooter, or shooters, still on the loose

The number of perpetrators involved the shooting is not clear. Police said they escaped and are on the loose, Algemeen Dagblad reported.

No arrests have been made yet, Reuters reported, citing police.

Dutch authorities have raised the terrorism threat level in Utrecht province to the highest, Reuters added.

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Emergency services at the scene of the shooting. Police are looking into a terrorism motive.

The number of victims and the extent of their injuries are also not clear. Many were taken to hospital, while at least were resuscitated on the spot.

Jimmy de Koster, who lives in the neighborhood, told De Telegraaf newspaper that he saw a woman lying on the ground shouting: “I have done nothing.”

Another witness told local broadcaster RTV Utrecht, according to Reuters, that several men ran away from the scene.

Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said he was “deeply concerned” and that he would hold crisis talks in response to the incident.