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Gunman kills 3 at famed Christmas market in Strasbourg

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A Gunman escapes after killing three and injuring 11 at a famed Christmas Market in French city Strasbourg. Police are hunting down the attacker, as about 350 law enforcement forces have been deployed. French counter terrorism prosecutor has opened investigations.

French Christmas market attack

Details revealed that the 29-year-old attacker fled after opening fire at around 20:00 CET whilst he is thought to have been injured. The city was on lock down for several hours as the public were urged to remain in their houses. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner stated that the security alert is raised to “emergency level,” ” with “the implementation of reinforced border controls and tightened controls on all Christmas markets in France to avoid the risk of a copycat attack.”

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Shortly after the incident, the French Interior Ministry tweeted: “Serious public security event under way in Strasbourg. Residents are asked to stay at home.” Deputy Mayor Alain Fontanel tweeted: “Shooting in Strasbourg´s city centre. Thanks to all for staying at home until the situation has been clarified.”

“Currently, the anti-terrorism measures have been boosted in France. The authorities decided to declare terrorism alert. Enhanced control at borders will be implemented. Also, enhanced control will be exercised in all Christmas markets in the country,” the Interior Minister said at a press conference in Strasbourg.

The French authorities gave the death toll as four later dropped it down to two but again raised the death toll to three. Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries said that most of the victims were men, including one Thai tourist. “Some were shot in the head,” he said, adding that no children were hurt.