Authorities immediately raised the terror alert for the area to the maximum level and said they are considering the possibility of a “terrorist motive” in the attack.
Dutch military police went on extra alert at Dutch airports and at key buildings in the country as the police launched a manhunt for the gunman.
Heavily armed police officers flooded the October 21st square, a tram station outside the city centre where the shooting took place, and later erected a white tent over an area where a body appeared to be lying next to the tram.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte called the situation “very worrying” and the country’s counterterror coordinator said a crisis team was meeting to discuss the situation.
- At least one person killed and multiple injured
- Police issue photo and name suspect as Gokman Tanis
- Police say there may have been a ‘terrorist motive’
- Head of Dutch counter-terrorism agency says shots fired at ‘several’ locations
- Prime minister Mark Rutte says he is ‘deeply concerned’ and crisis talks will be held
- Police tell schools to keep doors closed, media reports say