March 18, 2019 / 1:56 PM / 3 months ago

Dutch PM Rutte: Focus on catching 'suspect or suspects' in Utrecht

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte waits for European Council President Donald Tusk to meet for talks ahead of next week's EU summit, when leaders will discuss Britain's plans to leave the trading bloc, in The Hague, Netherlands March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday all efforts were focused on catching the “suspect or suspects” responsible for a shooting in Utrecht that is believed to have killed one person.

Rutte did not repeat earlier comments by counter-terrorism authorities who suggested the shooting may have a terrorist motive.

“Our country today has been jolted by an attack in Utrecht,” Rutte said in a statement. “Police and prosecutors are looking into what exactly happened. What’s known now is that there was shooting at people sitting in a tram in Utrecht, that there were wounded, and possibly deaths.”

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling; Editing by Catherine Evans

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