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3 dead, 5 seriously wounded in Utrecht shooting, Turkish-born suspect arrested

Three people died and five were seriously injured in a shooting that took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands on Monday.

The shooting happened on a tram in the city of Utrecht. The suspect is a 37-year-old Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis. Police initially believed it was a terrorist attack, with no certain conclusion yet. On Tuesday, Dutch prosecutors announced they were investigating a possible terrorist motive.

Dutch security forces were searching for the suspected gunman, surrounding an apartment not far from the tram, and an arrest was made on Monday evening.

The threat of terrorism was raised to the highest security level in Utrecht. Schools were told to shut their doors and the paramilitary police force increased security at the airports and other vital infrastructures, Independent reported on Monday.

Security was also stepped up at mosques in Utrecht after the recent terrorist attacks at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch city on Friday, which left 49 people dead and more than 20 seriously injured.

New York Times reported that the gunman of the mosque shootings has been identified as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian who posted a 78-page manifesto before the attack, stating that Muslims should be driven out of the part of Turkey that lies west of the Bosporus.

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