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18 Mar 2019 | 02:31 PM UTC

Germany: Heightened security measures in North Rhine-Westphalia Mar. 18

Germany News Alert

Officials increase security measures on highways and border crossings in North Rhine-Westphalia state following shooting in Utrecht (Netherlands) March 18; anticipate delays over coming hours and days

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION North Rhine-Westphalia state


Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state have reportedly increased security measures in the state following a deadly shooting in Utrecht (Netherlands) on Monday, March 18. Officials indicate they have deployed additional police personnel to highways and rail routes, as well as increased surveillance at border crossings. Police in the Netherlands have reportedly identified the suspect and have shared the information with German officials.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions, particularly at border crossings, are to be expected North Rhine-Westphalia state over the coming hours and days. 


An assailant opened fire on a tram in Utrecht on March 18 killing at least one person and wounding several others. The suspected shooter has evaded police and is still at large. Authorities have indicated that the assailant may have a terror-related motive. 


Individuals in North Rhine-Westphalia state are advised to monitor the situation, report suspicious activity and/or behavior to police, prepare for longer wait times at border crossings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.


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