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Dutch suspect in Utrecht tram shooting to face terrorism charge

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By Associated Press  with NBC News World News
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Police stand guard at the cordoned off area surrounding the tram where a gunman opened fire killing at least three persons and wounding several, at the 24 Oktoberplace in Utrecht, on March 18, 2019.   -   Copyright  John Thys

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch prosecutors say they will charge the main suspect in a deadly tram shooting with offenses including multiple murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent.

In a statement Thursday, the public prosecutor's office in Utrecht says that the suspect, identified by police as 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, also faces charges of attempted murder or manslaughter and making threats with a terrorist intent.

Gokman Tanis.
Gokman Tanis.Police Utrecht

Prosecutors say that investigations so far into Monday's shooting in a tram in the central city of Utrecht that left three dead and three seriously injured indicate that the shooter acted alone.

The statement adds that investigations continue into whether the suspect's actions "flowed from personal problems combined with a radicalized ideology."

Tanis is to appear before an investigating judge on Friday. Such hearings are held behind closed doors.