Netherlands: One reportedly dead and several injured in open fire on tram

One person was feared dead and several suffered gunshot wounds on Monday in a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht and a hunt was underway for the gunman in an incident authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

Dutch broadcaster NOS said police had surrounded a building where the suspected gunman was believed to be holed up. There was no immediate word on who the gunman was or on the precise number or identity of the victims.

Authorities raised the terrorism threat to its highest level in Utrecht province, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure. Security was also stepped up at mosques.

Heavily armed police reportedly gathered outside a house on a street near the 24 Oktoberplein junction, where the tram attack took place.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was “deeply concerned” and cancelled his weekly coalition talks. Police have asked for photos of the attack from members of the public. Police have increased security at airports throughout the Netherlands.

Security services have reportedly told Utrecht’s University Medical Centre to open the dedicated emergency ward to help care for the injured. The tram shooting happened at about 10:45 local time (09:45 GMT).

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