On Friday, the world watched as the country of New Zealand suffered the deadliest terrorist incident in its history. Just days later, the world is now turning its attention to another terror threat in Utrecht, Netherlands.
A gunman reportedly entered a tram in the Dutch city where he opened fire, killing at least one individual and injuring several others.
Law enforcement has not yet arrested any suspects as the situation is still active.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has described the situation as “very worrying” and elevated the terrorist threat level to its highest possible in the providence.
ABC News reports “Police in the central Dutch city of Utrecht say on Twitter that ‘multiple’ people have been injured as a result of a shooting in a tram in a residential neighborhood.”
And, “Utrecht police say that trauma helicopters were sent to the scene Monday and they are appealing to the public to stay away to allow first responders to do their work.”
BBC International reports at least one person has been killed.
The Associated Press reports that heavily armed officers have begun to flood the area around where the shooting took place.
And, from the report:
The Dutch anti-terror coordinator has raised the threat alert to its highest level around the central Dutch town of Utrecht following the shooting incident on a tram in the city, with the shooter still on the run.
Anti-terror coordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said in a statement that the “threat level has gone to 5, exclusively for the Utrecht province,” referring to the highest level.
“The culprit is still on the run. A terror motive cannot be excluded,” he said in a Twitter message. He called on citizens to closely follow the indications of the local police.
Dutch police say they are looking for a least one person who might have fled by car.
“We cannot rule out a terrorist motive,” Dutch Security and Counterterrorism National Coordinator PJ Aalbersberg tweeted. “Crisis team is activated.”