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Turkey condemns Netherlands tram shooting

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels, Belgium on 15 March, 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels, Belgium on 15 March, 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey on Monday condemned a shooting that had claimed three lives in the Netherlands, reports Anadolu Agency.

“We strongly condemn the attack that took place today (18 March 2019) in the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands regardless of the identity of the perpetrator and the motivation behind it,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Hours earlier, suspected shooter Gokmen Tanis allegedly opened fire on tram passengers at October 24 Square, killing three and injuring five others.

“We extend our condolences and wish fortitude to the families of those who lost their lives, and speedy recovery to those wounded,” the ministry said, adding that Turkey was in “full solidarity” with the Dutch people and government.

Tanis was arrested soon after the incident, according to Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen.

While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, earlier reports suggest that a family dispute may have been the motive behind the incident.

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