Three dead in shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht

March 18, 2019 | Brainwave Science


Three people have been killed and nine have been wounded after a gunman opened fire in a tram in the Netherlands, in the city of Utrecht. The Dutch authorities are at their highest alert. The Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte said that they are focused on all “suspect or suspects” responsible. The Police and are investigating what exactly happened. At this time, it is known that there was an incident of shooting at people who were sitting in a tram in Utrecht.

Police, which included heavily armed officers, swarmed the area after the shooting happened on Tuesday morning at a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighbourhood. Emergency services, including police and medical helicopters, rushed to the crime scene.Three dead in shooting

The Utrecht police issued a photo of a 37-year old suspect, named Gokman Tanis. In addition to this, the police issued a warning which reads “Do not approach him yourself, but immediately call” authorities.Three dead in shooting

Dutch broadcaster NOS said police surrounded a building where the suspected gunman was believed to be holed up. The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV)Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg had said that they have still not been able to rule out a terrorist motive.Three dead in shooting

The schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure. Security was also stepped up at mosques. A witness told NOS he saw an injured woman running from the tram. She appeared to have been shot in the chest and had blood on her hands and clothes. “I brought her into my car and helped her. When the police arrived, she was unconscious,” NOS cited the witness as saying.

Prime Minister Rutte summoned crisis talks, saying he was deeply concerned about the incident, which came three days after the killing of 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.


Netherlands has been jolted by an attack in Utrecht,” Prime Minister Rutte said in a statement. “An act of terror is an attack on our open and tolerant society.”

The Government and its counter-terror agencies must uphold and standby the fact that democracy is stronger than fanaticism and violence. Intolerance will not be accepted.Three dead in shooting

Lone wolf attacks like these are not new in the Netherlands or Europe. The threat of terrorist violence remains ever-present in Europe. Even as early as 2012, the attacks in Belgium and France were illustrative of this threat. The attacks were perpetrated by lone wolves. The death of French Algerian Mohammed Mera on 22 March 2012 meant an end to a series of assassinations against Jewish and French citizens.Three dead in shooting

This does not mean that White Supremacism and Jihadist ideologies are ‘radically’ different. Their enemies might be different, but their tactics and grievances are strikingly similar.Three dead in shooting

‘Terrorists’ & ‘attackers’ across ideologies and time have craved attention and tended to see themselves and their identity groups as persecuted and needing protection. The 21st-century twist is the use of newer communications technology to mobilize followers, spread propaganda, and incite attacks. And from the perspective of the societies attacked by terrorists, the recurring and awful problem is that it’s impossible ever to be completely safe.

The left- and right-wing terrorist groups of Europe during the Cold War often aimed their attacks at property, rather than people, and would even sometimes call in warnings ahead of time to avoid killing people.  The terrorists wanted a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead.

On the other hand, militant Islamist fighters and white-supremacist attackers of recent times do often want a lot of people dead.

The al-Qaeda attacks of September 11 killed nearly 3,000 people. The killer in the Islamic State beheading video of the journalist James Foley addressed President Barack Obama directly, demanding an end to the war in Iraq. The suspected New Zealand killer, like white-supremacist mass killers before him, declared online his intent to take revenge and “agitate the political enemies of my people into action” so that they experience a backlash.

A belief in the power of the mass killing is now really taking hold for all types of terrorists.

The worldwide white-supremacist movement appears to be more diffused than the jihadist movement, even as the participants echo the same sentiment. There is no main territory of white supremacy, in contrast with Afghanistan and Pakistan were being the main territory for al-Qaeda in the 1990s and 2000s, or Iraq and Syria being the main territory for ISIL today. Also, unlike the French bombers which pounded the ISIL capital of Raqqa, Syria, there isn’t any military target to attack if the world powers decide to weed out white extremism.

The challenge is that there is often no way to determine who is a threat until an attack has already taken place.

Common to all these attackers is the lives they destroy, and the grieving loved ones who are left behind, because of their actions. Their motivations, their ideologies, the propaganda they subscribe to, can never really explain their actions which are absolutely senseless, and a community loss so gravely cruel.

The agencies who have been scrambled to investigate this terror attack and the ones which are on high alert to prevent any further such attacks need is a quick and reliable screening/testing method which can instantaneously detect crime-related and terrorism-related knowledge held by the test suspect. This will help the investigators to gain a great edge. DNA and fingerprinting can only help till a limited extent in this case. Such popular techniques are usually ineffective when trying to link suspects to terrorist groups. What happens when the need is to determine if a suspect is the member of a sleeper cell or has ever been trained for terrorism or not?

Counter-terrorism, immigration and border-control agencies need a quick yet fool-proof test which can help screen dangerous persons like lone-wolf attackers, members of sleeper cells, and better interrogate arrested suspects.


Introducing a technology which addresses all the challenges described above. This technology called iCognative, developed and designed by Brainwave Science, can accurately determine persons who deceive and compromise information. iCognative is exceptionally accurate and reliable. It is a  means to quickly cross-verify a persons’ version of the truth. iCognative is cost-effective and uses crime-specific information collected from various sources. iCognative meets the needs of counterintelligence agencies. It helps to effectively deter criminals from stealing and disclosing huge amounts of classified information. iCognative can determine if an individual’s memory contains crime-specific knowledge. This includes details such as knowledge of weapons used in a crime scene, bomb-making knowledge, or the structure of a terrorist organization. The subjects’ brain emits an involuntary response known as P300. The analysis of the result can determine if the subject is aware of the situation or now. iCognative is a powerful solution to help justify the cause for further investigation on leads.

In this case of white-supremacism linked violence, In this case, the stimuli which can be used in the iCognative test of suspects when arrested can be details of stores from where they purchased the weapons and gear, pictures/online identities of other suspected white supremacists in order to determine linkages between them, details of similar extremist incidences in order to determine if they committed any of them. In order to screen other people for having an extremist ideology,  the stimuli can be details from Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik’s manifesto, other known propaganda material, forum posts, video grabs, intimate details of past extremist incidences, etc.
Brainwave Science’s iCognative can speed up the investigation of the mass-shooting case and answer a lot of questions and perhaps prevent future events and terrorist attacks in Europe and all over the world.

Main Source: Al Jazeera