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Utrecht death toll rises to three - photo of shooting suspect Gokman Tanis released

Gokman Tanis is being hunted by police in the Netherlands.
Gokman Tanis is being hunted by police in the Netherlands.
Emergency services attend the scene of a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday March 18, 2019. 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
Emergency services attend the scene of a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday March 18, 2019. 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
Emergency services attend the scene of a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday March 18, 2019. 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. (Martijn van der Zande via AP)

Police in the Netherlands have released a photograph of suspected gunman Gokman Tanis following the deadly attack on a tram in Utrecht.

Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen confirmed the number of people killed and injured in the incident, saying the authorities were likely to "assume a terror motive".

Tanis, aged 37, is believed to have been born in Turkey. The public were urged not to approach him.

Police, including heavily-armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting that happened on Monday morning on a tram at a busy traffic intersection.

There have been no reports yet of any suspects arrested.

The country's anti-terror coordinator raised the threat alert to its highest level around the central Dutch town following the shooting incident.

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said in a statement that the "threat level has gone to five, 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 spokesman Bernhard Jens did not exclude that more people might be involved. "We want to try to catch the person responsible as soon as possible," Mr Jens said.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the shooting as "hugely concerning news" and said the UK "stands with the people of the Netherlands".

Emergency services attend the scene of a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday March 18, 2019. Police in the central Dutch city of Utrecht say on Twitter that
Emergency services attend the scene of a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday March 18, 2019. 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

He tweeted: "Hugely concerning news of a gunman opening fire on a tram in Utrecht, no doubt with innocent people just getting on with their day.

"We are in contact with Dutch authorities, urgently seeking further information.

"The UK stands with the people of the Netherlands."

Dutch media were reporting that two suspects are on the run and that security has been increased at the country's parliament in The Hague.

Police are appealing to the public to stay away to allow emergency services to do their work.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the situation "very worrying" and the country's counter-terror co-ordinator said in a tweet that a crisis team was meeting to discuss the situation.

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