Dutch tram attack suspect believed to have acted from 'terrorist motive'

A tree surrounded by flowers with a tram in the back ground.
A memorial for the attack. Photo credit: Getty

A suspected gunman arrested for killing three people on a Dutch tram is believed to have acted with terrorist intent, and authorities are also investigating other possible personal motives.

Dutch prosecutors said they will charge the suspected Utrecht attacker with terrorism following Monday's shooting on a tram in which three people were killed.

Prosecutors said they believe that the suspect, 37-year-old Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, acted alone in the shooting.

"We are investigating whether the suspect acted solely from a terrorist motive, or whether his actions came out of personal problems in combination with a radicalised ideology," the prosecutors said in a statement.

Tanis is due to be brought before a judge on Friday and will also undergo psychological examination.

Three people died and five were wounded late Monday morning when a gunman opened fire on a tram in the central city of Utrecht.

Tanis, the only suspect in the shooting, was arrested after a seven hour manhunt.