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Gunman opens fire on a tram in Holland's Utrecht city; 1 dead; several injured

File photo. Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

WION Web Team Utrecht, Netherlands Mar 18, 2019, 04.11 PM (IST)

A gunman opened fire on a tram in Utrecht, Holland injuring several people. Reports said one person has been killed.

Dutch authorities suspect one person was killed in a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday, a police spokeswoman said.

Police said they were investigating a "possible terrorist motive" as part of the investigation.

According to police, the incident occurred at 10:45am(local time). The police have cordoned off the area and investigating the matter.

The shooting occurred at 24 Oktoberplein, a busy junction underneath a highway bridge. Police said witnesses had seen a man take a weapon out and start shooting randomly before running from the scene. 

"Several shots were fired on a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made," said police spokesman Joost Lanshage.

The police are now actively hunting for the gunman after sealing the area. Airports across the country have been put on high alert as the police look for the shooter. 

"Shooting incident... Several injured people reported. Assistance started," the Utrecht police said on its Twitter account.

"It is a shooting incident in a tram. Several trauma helicopters have been deployed to provide help," it added. Local media reported that counter-terrorism police were at the scene. 

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was briefed over the shooting, an official said.

Dutch national counter-terrorism service, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, said he was conducting "crisis consultations" over the incident.

"NCTV is monitoring the situation in Utrecht. In close contact with local authorities. We cannot rule out a terrorist motive. Crisis team is activated," he said.

Terror attack in Europe

The incident comes just days after a man attacked mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand killing 49 people.