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Utrecht gunman left letter in getaway car signalling possible terrorism motive

Utrecht gunman left letter in getaway car signalling possible terrorism motiveDutch authorities said Tuesday they were "seriously" investigating a possible terrorist motive for the Utrecht tram attack because of evidence including a letter found in the gunman's getaway car. Police were questioning Turkish-born main suspect Gokmen Tanis, 37, and two other men over Monday's rampage in which three people were killed and seven injured, three seriously. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had earlier said they "cannot exclude" other motives including a family dispute, but police and prosecutors said on Tuesday that the probe was leaning towards terrorism. "So far, a terrorist motive is seriously being taken into account. This is based on a letter found in the getaway car among other things and the nature of the facts," police and prosecutors said in a joint statement. "Our investigation has established no link between the main suspect and the victims." Flowers have been set up in tribute to victims at the site of the shooting in a tram Credit: JOHN THYS/ AFP The three people who died in the shooting were a 19-year-old woman from Vianen, south of Utrecht, and two men aged 28 and 49 from Utrecht itself, the statement said. Armed police captured Tanis after an eight-hour manhunt that virtually shut down the Netherlands' fourth largest city and triggered a nationwide increase in security at airports and key sites. Police said they had found a red Renault Clio used as a getaway car after the attack. They had also found a firearm after his arrest, they added. Tanis and two other men aged 23 and 27 are still being interrogated, police said. A stream of mourners laid flowers on Tuesday at the site of the attack near the 24 Oktoberplein square. "One of the victims was my friend's girlfriend. So coming here today was the least I could do," Marco van Rooijen, 43, told AFP. "I am here to pay homage to the victims and to support their families," added local resident Yvette Koetjeloozekoot, 29. Flags were flying half-mast on many buildings around the Netherlands. Public transport was running again after forensic police finished their investigations at the scene and removed the tram on which the shooting erupted. Rutte was chairing a cabinet meeting on the attack, which has raised security fears a day before provincial elections in the Netherlands. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's intelligence agency was "looking into" the attack. "Some say it is a family matter, some say it is a terror attack … Our intelligence agency is looking into the matter", Erdogan told Ulke TV late Monday. Dutch media have reported that the suspect had a long rap sheet and was only released from jail two weeks ago on a number of charges. Broadcaster NOS reported that some people close to him had links to fundamentalist Islamic groups, but also that he had divorced his wife two years ago. Police and witnesses said gunfire broke out on the tram on Monday morning, sending people fleeing and triggering a huge police response. Mosques and schools were closed across Utrecht following the bloodshed, before heavily armed officers surrounded a building and arrested Tanis. Support for the Netherlands poured in from around the world including the United States, the EU and Russia. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "America stands with you. We will continue to do all we can to help you in this terrible time of tragedy."



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Four injured after German man rams car into crowd; racist motive suspected

Four injured after German man rams car into crowd; racist motive suspectedA 50-year-old German man clearly intended to kill foreigners when he rammed his silver Mercedes into a crowd of people in the northwestern German town of Bottrop in the early hours of New Year’s Day, injuring four, a senior government official said. “A German man deliberately drove into crowds of people … that were largely made up of foreigners. There was a clear intention by this man to kill foreigners,” Herbert Reul, interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Bottrop is located, told reporters on Tuesday.



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California authorities seek motive in triple slaying

California authorities seek motive in triple slayingORCUTT, Calif. (AP) — California authorities are trying to determine why a Central Coast man stabbed and beat his sister, mother and a third person to death in their home.



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New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor says

New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor saysPaul Caneiro charged with four counts of murder in connection to fires



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Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shootingMIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities said they still don't know why an employee at a Wisconsin software company went to his office with a pistol and extra ammunition and began firing on his colleagues, seriously injuring several, before he was fatally shot by police.



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The Latest: Terror studied as possible motive for stabbings

The Latest: Terror studied as possible motive for stabbingsAMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on stabbings at Amsterdam's main train station (all times local):



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Amsterdam stabbing suspect had 'terrorist' motive, officials say

Amsterdam stabbing suspect had 'terrorist' motive, officials sayAn Afghan man shot by police at Amsterdam’s central station on Friday after stabbing two American tourists had a “terrorist” motive, city officials said on Saturday. The suspect, who was identified as a 19-year-old Afghan with a German residence permit, was questioned on Saturday in hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his lower body. “First statements made by the suspect indicate he had a terrorist motive,” Amsterdam city council said in a statement.



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David Katz: Police tight-lipped over motive after gamer 'kills two and turns gun on himself' at Florida tournament

David Katz: Police tight-lipped over motive after gamer 'kills two and turns gun on himself' at Florida tournamentSixteen months ago, David Katz was attracting public attention for his video game prowess with a spectacular last-gasp victory during EA Sports’ Madden gaming tournament. The Baltimore native was behind “the most exciting moment” of the 2017 series, according to the game’s publisher, pulling off an “unbelievable pass as time expired to be crowned Buffalo Bills Champion” in the New York tournament in April of that year. “You have to give it up to Bread,” he added, using Mr Katz’s nickname.



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FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed it

FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed itA Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airlines said. “There were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft,” Beck said. In partial recordings of the employee’s conversations with air traffic controllers that were published online by Broadcastify.com, the man said he was sorry to disappoint people who cared about him and described himself as a “broken guy.” “Got a few screws loose, I guess,” he is heard saying in the recording.



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FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker steals plane, crashes it

FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker steals plane, crashes itA Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airlines said. Relatives and co-workers identified the man as Richard Russell of Sumner, Washington, who also went by the name Beebo. “He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend,” the Russell family said in a statement.



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