Statement by Prime Minister Rutte on shooting in Utrecht

Statement by Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier this evening  on shooting in Utrecht.

An attack took place in Utrecht today. Literally in the heart of our country. Three people are dead and several more are wounded, some of whom are now in a critical condition. The suspect has now been arrested. Questions and rumours abound. And, as we said earlier this afternoon: the motives for the attack are still unclear. For now, we are overcome by a sense of horror and disbelief at the terrible events of today. Innocent people going about their business, snatched away from their lives in this way. Our thoughts go to the victims’ relatives, to the families who have lost a beloved member. Our thoughts also go to the wounded, who are now fighting for their lives. The whole of the Netherlands shares your deep pain. Tomorrow, we will demonstrate this by hanging flags outside government buildings at half-mast. I have issued flag instructions to that end. We have also received signs of compassion from all around the world. I would like to express my great appreciation for the impressive work of the first responders who have been taking care of the victims, and of those in the police force and Justice and Defence Departments who have worked tremendously hard today. There remains a lot more to be done over the days to come.