Dutch shooting: Letter suggests motive in Utrecht attack

Dutch prosecutors investigating the murder of three people on a tram say a letter was found in the gunman’s getaway car and it is one of the reasons why a terrorist motive is being seriously considered.

Three people were killed and three others seriously wounded in the attack in the central city of Utrecht.

Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis was detained on Monday evening.

No connection has been found between him and the victims.

Prosecutors say a firearm was found when Tanis was detained.

“So far a terrorist motive is being seriously taken into account. Among other things a letter found in the getaway car and the nature of the facts give rise to that,” a statement said (in Dutch), without detailing the contents of the letter.

Other motives have not been ruled out.

Image caption This Renault car was found by police in Utrecht and is believed to be the getaway vehicle

The red Renault Clio was, according to police, stolen in a carjacking before the shooting and later found in Utrecht’s Tichelaarslaan close to where the suspect was arrested.

Neighbours had earlier described the suspect as a “loser” and a petty criminal rather than a terrorist.

Reports said…

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