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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
ON THE SHOOTING INCIDENT IN UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS
I was shocked and deeply saddened and horrified by the shooting incident that occurred inside a tram in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands on 18 March 2019 at 10.45 a.m. local time. Malaysia joins other nations in expressing its condemnation and revulsion of this horrific incident which took place just barely days after the deadly terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday, 15 March 2019. Truly, the senseless act of terror such as this shooting incident in Utrecht as well as the barbaric attacks in Christchurch are both heinous crimes and they must be reduced to bearable levels if not stopped altogether.
At this hour of grief, Malaysia stands united with the families of the victims, the Government and people of the Netherlands in mourning the loss of lives and the anguish suffered due to the horrendous act. We hope those responsible for this barbaric act are swiftly brought to justice.
I would like to confirm that thus far no Malaysians have been reported to be among the casualties or those injured. Following the incident, the Government of the Netherlands has increased the threat level to level 5, the highest level, exclusively for the province of Utrecht until 6.00 p.m. local time.
The Embassy of Malaysia in The Hague is in contact with Malaysians in Utrecht and relevant local authorities and will continue monitoring the situation. Hotline has been set up at the Embassy to facilitate any enquiries on the current situation. The Embassy can be contacted at:
Address : Rustenburgweg 2, 2517 KE, The Hague Telephone No. : 00(3170) 350 6506 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
19 March 2019