'Dutch police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of shooting three people dead and wounding five others in a possible terror attack on a tram.
The Turkish-born suspect, Gökmen Tanis, was on the run since Monday morning, forcing vast parts of Utrecht city – including mosques, schools and businesses – into lockdown.
Although the local terror threat level was set to a maximum of five, as the day progressed increasing evidence on social and international media suggested the attack could have been personally motivated.
During the eight-hour manhunt, residents were advised to stay indoors and police were sent to secure mosques across the Netherlands.
In an unusual move, police had named and released photographs of Mr Tanis, a local resident born in Turkey, who is thought to have unleashed a volley of shots on a tram in a quiet, residential area before fleeing in a stolen, red Renault Clio.
Local chief public prosecutor Rutger Jeuken said that early indications suggested a terror attack.
“The first interpretation of what happened according to witness statements and the evidence we have found suggest a terrorist motive, although we cannot rule out other motives,” he said in a press conference in the evening.
But the police acknowledged in a Twitter feed of press releases that other reports in Dutch and Turkish media suggested that there might have been personal motives, possibly targeting a woman who could have been a step-sister or ex-partner.
Mr Tanis had reportedly been sentenced for an attempted killing in 2013 after he fired shots towards an apartment building.'
Read more: Utrecht shooting: Turkish-born suspect, 37, arrested after three killed in 'possible terror attack'
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