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Utrecht tram shot suspects confess, claiming he acted alone | News | DW

Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, is accused of shooting dead three people and seriously injuring three others in the foreign prosecutor's office in Utrecht. March 18 attack. He is facing charges of terrorist interest murder.

A judge on Friday ordered his continued detention for the maximum two weeks limit. He then arrives at a court and the detention can be extended to 90 days.

Mars for the victims

Prosecutors have not yet confirmed the motive for the attack. However, the authorities have said that the investigation has not yet established a link between Tanis and his victims, doubting a statement from some of his relatives of the Turkish medium in the hours after the shot was a "family" or relationship problem.

Investigators are now investigating whether the violence "escaped from personal problems in combination with a radicalized ideology". Prosecutors have requested that the suspect be subjected to a psychiatric evaluation.

The suspect is known to have a criminal record. A second suspect, a 40-year-old man who was taken into custody, because Tanis was found in the home, was released on Friday after the police ruled that he was an accomplice to the crime or obstructs justice.

Later on Friday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the mayors of the four largest Dutch cities and hundreds of residents are expected to participate in a quiet march honoring the victims.

] cw, es / msh (AFP, AP, dpa)

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