Motive in Netherlands tram attack may have been family feud

The man who killed three people on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht — sparking fears of a terrorist attack — fired at a relative because of “family reasons,” then shot others who tried to help, according to a report.

The suspect, whom Dutch police identified as Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, shot three people dead and wounded five others on the tram before fleeing.

Police revised the number of wounded after initially saying nine were hurt, three seriously.

Tanis’ relatives told Turkey’s state-run Anadolo news agency that his motive was domestic, though Dutch authorities have not confirmed that, according to Reuters.

The Dutch counter-terrorism agency NCTV said it could not rule out terrorism as a motive for the attack.

Police spokesman Bernhard Jens said police were “not 100 percent sure” about the motive.

“It could still be a domestic dispute,” he said, the UK’s Guardian reported. “We will wait for the investigation before we say more.”

Police on the hunt for Tanis circulated a surveillance photo of the suspect and warned the public not to approach him.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said a terror attack “could not be excluded,” vowing that the Netherlands would “never give way to intolerance.”

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