Netherlands: Friend says Utrecht jihadi “very religious,” three other Muslims arrested in connection to the massacre

This article says that two others have been arrested, and a third person has been arrested as well. So this does seem to be a coordinated jihad plot. In a note, Tanis said he was doing it in the name of Allah. Will the Islamophobia never end?

Brazen Shooting Traumatizes Dutch City, Three Days After Christchurch Killings,” by Milan Schreuer and Richard Pérez-Peña, New York Times, March 18, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Gunshots shattered the tram ride in a heavily Muslim neighborhood of this old Dutch city. The prime minister called it possible terrorism. SWAT teams rushed in, residents were ordered indoors, and all mosques closed as the police sought a killer in a country that had been spared large-scale terrorist attacks….

The suspect was later identified by the police as Gokmen Tanis, 37, an immigrant from the central Turkish town of Yozgat. Mr. Tanis had been arrested before and is facing a rape charge, according to the Dutch national broadcaster and people who know him….

“He’s very religious,” but also “a real guy of the streets, aggressive as well,” Alptekin Akdogan, who said he knew Mr. Tanis, told The New York Times. He said he and Mr. Tanis had grown up in the Kanaleneiland neighborhood.

Zabit Elmaci, 39, said he used to work with Mr. Tanis, washing dishes in a restaurant called Abrikoos. He described Mr. Tanis as “always in trouble.”

“I don’t remember him as a religious person, but about two years ago he started acting weird, so I gradually stopped seeing him,” Mr. Elmaci said….

Whether others were involved in the shooting remained unclear, although the police said they had made two additional arrests by Monday evening. Some witnesses said they had seen more than one assailant on the tram….

The authorities ordered the evacuation of all mosques in Utrecht, and security was increased at mosques elsewhere in the Netherlands….

Utrecht, about 25 miles from Amsterdam, has been a center of Dutch culture and commerce for a millennium….More than 30 percent of the city’s population is foreign-born, according to the Dutch census.

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