At least one person has died after a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht in an incident police are treating as a potential terrorist attack.
Officers have reported “multiple” injuries having been called to reports of a shooting in a residential neighbourhood on Monday morning.
At least one person was killed, the Dutch ANP news agency reported on Monday. The victim was completely covered with a sheet and lying on the tracks between two carriages, ANP quoted one of its reporters as saying, though there was no immediate official confirmation.
Police said that although the investigation was still ongoing, terrorism was one possible motive. Local media reported the perpetrator escaped in a car.
Three trauma helicopters were called to the spot in Oktoberplein and police have appealed for the public to keep the roads clear for emergency services.
According to Dutch paper the Telegraaf at least one anti-terror force has been called to the area and police are understood to be looking for a red car in connection with the incident, sources told RTV Utrecht.
A witness, Jimmy de Koster, told RTV Utrecht he saw a woman lying on the ground shouting: “I didn’t do anything.”
Four men rushed towards her in an attempt to drag her to safety, but a gunman opened fire again, forcing them to take cover, he said.
It was not immediately clear if it was a lone attacker or if it was a coordinated attack involving more than one gunman. Local news outlet AD said police were looking into other reported shootings at nearby locations and whether or not they are linked.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Government and the country’s anti-terrorism coordinator were holding a “crisis meeting” in the aftermath of the shooting.
No arrests have been made.