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Tram shooting kills 3


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Dutch police have apprehended a Turkish man who killed three people in a tram shooting. The shooting caused city officials to lock down the city during rush hour.


Still, the gunman's motive remained unclear. A prosecutor said it could be for "family reasons" and Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said he had fired at a relative on the tram and had then shot at others who tried to help her.


"Our country has today been shocked by an attack in Utrecht... A terrorist motive cannot be excluded," prime minister Mark Rutte said.


Daan Molenaar, who said he had been sitting at the front of the tram when the shooting started, told national broadcaster NOS he did not believe it was a terrorist attack. Many have speculated that the attacker may have been mentally ill. "The first thing I thought was, this is some kind of revenge or something, or somebody who's really mad and grabbed a pistol," he said.


This attack, coming right after the shooting in New Zealand that killed 50, has woken up Dutch places of worship. Many mosques in the area closed after this attack.

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