March 18, 2019 / 6:07 PM / 8 months ago

Terror threat level reduced after Utrecht shooter arrested

Police officers are seen after a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

UTRECHT (Reuters) - Dutch counter-terrorism authorities reduced the threat level for the central province of Utrecht by one notch on Monday evening after a suspected shooter was arrested.

The National Counter-Terrorism Agency “reduced the threat level for the province of Utrecht to level 4. Motive is the arrest of the main suspect of the shooting,” it said.

The level had been increased for several hours to the highest threat after three people were killed and five wounded in a shooting on a tram.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch, Editing by William Maclean

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