One person has been killed and several wounded after a gunman opened fire in a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht.

Police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting happened on Tuesday morning at a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighbourhood.

A witness told local broadcaster RTV Utrecht that the shooting took place inside the tram at the 24 Oktoberplein in the city's west.

Police also said a hunt was under way for the gunman in an incident that authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

Al Jazeera's Fleur Launspach has more from Utrecht.

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