Four Dead, Several Wounded After Shooting At Strasbourg Christmas Markets

French security forces were trying to catch the suspected Strasbourg gunman dead or alive

JEAN-FRANCOISE BADIAS APFrench security forces were trying to catch the suspected Strasbourg gunman dead or alive

Millions of tourists frequent the Christmas market areas of Strasbourg, according to The Guardian.

In 2015, two masked gunmen walked into the Charlie Hebdo's offices and killed 12 people. Petermann said, however, that his freedom of movement within the European Union had been removed.

A police officer stands in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting on December 11, 2018.

The minister of the interior has tweeted a warning to those in the city to follow any advice given by the French government.

France has raised its national security threat level to "emergency terror attack" status since the attack, Castaner said.

Emmanuel Macron has been kept up to date and has sent his Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to the scene.

"We tried our best to resuscitate him". 'You can just tell, ' said one, lightly touching the side of his head.

As soldiers, police and rescue vehicles arrived, security forces told the few remaining passers-by and city centre residents to take shelter. She said she last saw him Monday from her window, which looks out on a common hallway, and he was with another man.

The lock of the door is broken at the suspect's apartment. Police are now guarding the building where Chekatt is believed to have lived, which is in an outer neighborhood of Strasbourg.

A manhunt is underway in France for Cherif Chekatt, who authorities say killed several people and wounded a dozen more at a Christmas market.

Today it emerged that the Strasbourg-born fugitive suspected be behind the shooting shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he fired shots. "I express all my sorrow for the victims", he said. No more details were immediately available.

Some unconfirmed reports said three people had died.

French police shows Cherif Chekatt the suspect in the shooting in Strasbourg
French police shows Cherif Chekatt the suspect in the shooting in Strasbourg

A grenade, four knives and a pistol were found at his home, police said.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the shooting suspect's identity.

European security agencies have feared for some time that Islamist militants who left Europe to fight for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq would return after the jihadist group's defeat, with the skills and motivation to carry out attacks at home.

At least three people were killed and a dozen others were wounded Tuesday evening in the shooting in the historic French city, which lies across the Rhine River from Germany.

Italian daily La Repubblica reports that he was in Strasbourg to follow the European Parliamentary session.

Antonio Tajani, the president of the parliament, said: "This parliament will not be intimidated by terrorist or criminal attacks".

French military spokesman Col. Patrik Steiger said the shooter didn't seem to be aiming at soldiers patrolling in and around the market, but appeared to target civilians instead.

Chekatt had been convicted 27 times, mostly in France but also in Switzerland and Germany, for crimes including armed robbery.

The verdict said Chekatt had worked for local authorities after leaving school, and had been unemployed since 2011. He said that he had been traveling a lot and had already spent four years of his life in prison. "The hunt is taking place and the priority is to find this attacker".

He is "known for a number of criminal offences (.) but has never been linked to terrorist offences", French deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez told France Inter radio on Wednesday.

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson said: "I was in the city centre at the time and heard the gunfire and people, including young children, running away in panic". The man reportedly bragged to the taxi driver about the attack. According to France 24, it's not yet clear whether the motive was terrorism related, and that's under investigation.

Two people have been killed and 11 injured in a shooting near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, police said, adding that the suspected gunman was on the run. He has an extensive record in France and Germany with 25 cases against him and is considered an "extremist".

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