'One dead' and several people hurt as gunman opens fire on a tram in the Netherlands

'One dead' and several people hurt as gunman opens fire on a tram in the Netherlands

Several people have been injured as a gunman opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, according to local law enforcement services.

A square near a tram station in the western area of the city has been cordoned off by the authorities, who have also confirmed that emergency services are at the scene. Police have confirmed they are investigating a "possible terrorist motive", while local media have reported that the anti-terrorism coordinator has also called a crisis meeting.

The shooting is said to have taken place at around 10:45 local time (9:45 GMT) at the 24 Oktoberplein junction in Utrecht, and three helicopters have been dispatched to transport victims to nearby hospitals.

Witnesses explained to Dutch news outlet Nu.nl that "a man started shooting wildly", while another spoke to NOS saying to the news outlet that he noticed a woman injured and tried to help her.

"I brought her into my car and helped her," the witness said. "When the police arrived, she was unconscious."

Local transport services in Utrecht said that tram services in the city have all been cancelled. At this point, it is unclear how many people have been injured, or if there have been any fatalities reported as a result of the shooting.

Police in the Netherlands have tweeted a photograph of one of the suspects in the shooting - believed to be 37-year-old Gokman Tanis, a Turkish-born Netherlands national.

This is a breaking news story; we will bring you more on this story as it develops.