The most powerful responses to the Utrecht shooting that killed three people

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Tuesday 19 March 2019 09:45
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Three people have been killed and several more injured after a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, just days after the tragic killing of 50 people in a New Zealand mosque.

Following the shooting, the Netherlands raised the terror alert for the area to the maximum level.

Police have arrested a suspect called Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey and had been taken into custody after an hours-long hunt. Three people remain in custody in connection to the shooting.

The gunman’s motives remain unclear, and a prosecutor said it may have been for “family reasons” whilst Turkey’s state-run Andolu news agency reported that according to his relatives, he had tried to fire at a member of his family before shooting at those who tried to help her.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said “a terror motive is not excluded” and went on to say the attack was met throughout the country with “a mix of disbelief and disgust”.

If it is a terror attack, then we have only one answer: Our nation, democracy, must be stronger that fanaticism and violence.

The attack comes as the world struggles to recover from the worst mass shooting in New Zealand in over 200 years.

Support has been pouring in for the victims and their families.

World leaders sent their thoughts and prayers to those who died and their family

As did sportsmen

Brussels lit building lights in the flag of the Netherlands in tribute

Some shared moments of unity from history

Local school groups left flowers at the site of the shooting

Other people remarked that some reactions were Islamophobic in nature

And blamed toxic masculinity for the shooting. One man wrote on Twitter:

And some people are using this as an opportunity to give light to other tragedies, like the cyclone that killed 1,000 people in Mozambique

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