The Moroccan embassy in Netherlands is following the updates of the Utrecht tram attack closely.
Rabat – Police in Utrecht announced the arrest of the suspect of the shooting, which took place in a tram on Monday morning.
The attack, which is investigated as a possible act of terror, killed three people and injured five others. Police said they ruled out other reasons as motive of the attacks.
A source told Morocco World News earlier today that the the gunman opened fire over “family reasons.”
Anadolu Agency quoted relatives of the gunman, who said that he fired at his relative for “family reasons.”
The gunman identified as Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, reportedly shot at others who attempted to help the relative.
Utrecht police has not identified the nationalities of the victims killed in the shooting.
“People will go to work with a different feeling tomorrow morning. Still it is good that we continue. That we hold on to and support each other. Violence should never have the last word, “said Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen.
The Moroccan embassy in The Hague announced Monday that it was following the situation with Dutch authorities to see if there are any Moroccans among the victims of the Utrecht tram attack.
De politie heeft aan het begin van de avond een man aangehouden op verdenking van betrokkenheid bij het schietincident vanmorgen aan het 24 oktoberplein in Utrecht. Het onderzoek is nog in volle gang.
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— Politie Utrecht (@PolitieUtrecht) March 18, 2019
Moroccan diplomatic source quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) said that the four Moroccan consulates in the Netherlands are in constant contact with the Dutch authorities.
The same source said that a crisis cell has been set up to answer all questions from Moroccans living in the Netherlands.
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, “If it is terror attack then we have only one answer: our nation, democracy must be stronger than fanaticism and violence.”