City of Utrecht Shooting incident 24 Oktoberplein

International outline about the shooting

Utrecht is recovering from the shooting on Monday 18 March, when a man opened fire in a tram and killed 4 people. 2 people are badly injured. 

Mayor Jan van Zanen:

"Utrecht, the city in the heart of the Netherlands, is struck in the heart by this tragedy. People in and outside Utrecht have been greatly affected by this incident. We will go to our jobs, resume our daily routine, yet with a different attitude. But Utrecht stays strong. In times of sorrow, grief and mourning, we all support each other, hold each other, comfort each other. Violence will never have the last word in our city, where people are connected, open and tolerant."

The suspect was arrested. As normal life starts to return to Utrecht, we will do our utmost to take care of the people affected by the shooting. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.

A silent remembrance march was held on Friday 22 March. 

Utrecht wishes to thank the national and international community for the many messages of love, compassion and support that it has received in the last couple of days.

Questions and answers

What happened on 18 March?

On Monday 18 March a man opened fire in a tram and killed 4 people. 2 people are badly injured. At this moment police are still investigating the incident.

Is it safe to travel to Utrecht?

The main suspect was arrested on Monday evening 18 March. There are no indications of any further threat. The National Council for Terrorism and Safety keeps a close watch on this.

Does the incident affect the accessibility of Utrecht?

No. Utrecht is located in the heart of the Netherlands and has its largest public transport hub. It is very easy to get in and out of Utrecht. The national public transport network (trains, tram, bus and metro) in the Netherlands (including Utrecht) is open. Train traffic from/to Schiphol Airport is also fully operational. Here you can find more information about your travel: www.ov9292.nl.

Has normal life in Utrecht resumed? Are shops and restaurants, etc., open?

Normal life has returned to Utrecht, while we care for the people affected by the shooting. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. The shops, restaurants, schools and other facilities in Utrecht are open as usual.

How is the atmosphere in Utrecht?

People in and outside Utrecht have been greatly affected by this incident. We will go to our jobs, resume our daily routine, yet with a different attitude. But Utrecht stays strong. In times of sorrow, grief and mourning, we all support each other, hold each other, comfort each other. Violence will never have the last word in our city, where people are connected, open and tolerant.

Are there any large-scale commemorations planned in and around the city that should be taken into account?

A silent remembrance march was held on Friday 22 March. The march started at 7 p.m. at the Jaarbeurs near the Central Station and ended at the 24 Oktoberplein.

Are events cancelled?

To the best of our knowledge, there is no large-scale cancellation of events. We know that some activities are reflecting on the incident and that some of them were cancelled shortly thereafter.

Can I fly to or from a Dutch airport?

Yes. All airports in the Netherlands are open. Utrecht can be reached in 25 minutes by train from Schiphol Airport.

How can I reach the Municipality of Utrecht for questions?

The phone number of the municipality of Utrecht is: 0031 30 286 00 00 (hold the line for an operator).
WhatsApp: 0031 6 24927665.