Mounted police are seen after a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, March 18, 2019. Picture: REUTERS/PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW
Mounted police are seen after a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, March 18, 2019. Picture: REUTERS/PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW

Frankfurt — Utrecht police say they are considering a potential terrorist motive in a shooting incident in a tram at the Dutch city’s 24 Oktoberplein square on Monday, according to a Twitter post.

Dutch national co-ordinator for security and counterterrorism Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is in close contact with local authorities, he says in a Twitter post. The shooter is still on the run, NOS reported.

According to Dutch news agency ANP the incident leaves at least one person dead. In an interview with Dutch broadcaster NOS, Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the incident “seriously troubling news”.

Police said multiple people have been injured. The terror threat level is raised to five, the highest level, for the Utrecht province, until 6pm local time today.

Bloomberg