Turkey probing deadly Dutch shooting attack, Erdogan says
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Turkey probing deadly Dutch shooting attack, Erdogan says

Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis may have killed three and wounded five on an Utrecht tram earlier Monday due to ‘family dispute,’ local media claims

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters during a rally, February 26, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters during a rally, February 26, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish intelligence services are investigating the deadly shooting attack in the Netherlands to determine whether it was a terror attack or a possible family dispute, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

Dutch police arrested a Turkish-born suspect over the attack on a tram in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five wounded earlier in the day.

Dutch authorities said they were investigating a likely terrorist motive but “cannot exclude” other motives, including a family dispute.

“Our intelligence services are investigating all of this, our intelligence chief told me that he was going to gather all details and would come back to me,” Erdogan told Turkish TV channel Ulke TV.

Suspected gunman Gokmen Tanis, 37, on March 18, 2019. Police believe he carried out a deadly shooting on a city tram that day. (Police Utrecht on Twitter, via AP)

“Some say that it is a family dispute, others say it is a terrorist act,” he said.

According to Turkish media, the main suspect, Gokmen Tanis, was born in Yozgat, central Turkey. Turkish state news agency Anadolu, citing “relatives” of the alleged assailant, said it may have been a possible “family dispute.”

The father of the suspect, Mehmet Tanis, said his son should be punished if found responsible, a Turkish news agency reported.

He said he had lost contact with his son after returning to Turkey in 2008 after divorcing his wife, the DHA agency reported. She remained in the Netherlands.

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