Policemen speak with a military in the streets of Strasbourg. Four people connected to the suspect had been detained overnight in Strasbourg, Mr Heitz said. The lines of wooden huts are all shuttered. I saw a soldier firing shots, about 12 to 15 shots. As it got close, it was really shocking. European Parliament has activated emergency protocol.
The country has been hit by a series of violent anti-government protests, stretching police. There were a lot of screams. That parliament was in session at the time of Tuesday evening's attack. The Christmas market in Strasbourg, which is near the border of France and Germany, attracts millions of tourists each year. It was unclear if the market - the nucleus of an al-Qaida-linked plot in 2000 - was the intended target. In 2000, French and German police foiled a plot by al-Qaida to set off a truck bomb near the Strasbourg Cathedral, next to the Christmas market.
French media reported that before the attack, Chekatt was investigated in an attempted murder, and he had been due to be arrested Tuesday morning. About 720 security officers are involved in the search for Chekatt, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said. Plus d'informations à venir, suivez les consignes des autorités. We are getting a clearer picture now from officials. Five people were seriously wounded, they said, including a man described as brain dead. French authorities had said three people were killed, but prosecutor Remy Heitz said Wednesday that two people were dead and a third was brain-dead. Officials did not explain the conflicting numbers.
Eight of the injured were seriously wounded. Patrik Steiger said the shooter didn't seem to be aiming for the soldiers patrolling in and around the market, but appeared to target civilians instead. In custody, he expresses his hatred for France, the police, the military and Jews. The suspect still remains at large. We dragged him into a restaurant close by.
Authorities suspected Chekatt might have fled to Germany, where he spent time in prison for robbery. A police helicopter is circling overhead, and entire neighborhoods of the city remain cordoned off. Reports circulating on social media that there has been more than one fatality in Strasbourg and even multiple shooters have not been confirmed by French authorities, or even reported in the French press. He added that security at all Christmas markets would be stepped up. Fritz says it took more than 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
Nunez said the assailant had been identified as a suspected extremist during his past stays in prison but said the motive for the attack remains unclear. The first markets were held in 1570, making it one of the oldest in Europe. There were a lot of screams. A terrorism investigation is underway. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told the parliament that 720 police officers and other members of the security forces were searching for the gunman, who was injured in an exchange of fire with soldiers who were patrolling the Christmas market in Strasbourg when the attack occurred. A manhunt is on to track down Cherif Chekatt, 29, a Strasbourg local who is believed to have become radicalised,. He described stupefaction among the crowd, which included some families.
The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, is shot dead by security forces. Strasbourg has been the target of jihadist plots in the past. The French fire brigade confirmed that one had been killed in the shooting, which Le Figaro may have involved an automatic weapon, with early reports conflicting over how many were injured, with claims in French media ranging from three to nine. The wire service also reports police sources who state the attacker was wounded by French army soldiers deployed as part of operation Sentinelle before fleeing. An Associated Press photographer was among about 5,000 people in a basketball stadium at the time of the Tuesday night shooting when everyone was ordered to lock down and stay inside. Apparently one person dead in shooting in Strasbourg, six injured.
The gunman is still at large, yet reportedly wounded. French police identified the suspect as Cherif Chekatt, 29, who may have been radicalized while serving time in prison for several robbery cases. Police have now identified the shooter but not made that information public. The gunman is identifiedas 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, known to intelligence services for links to radical Islam. Police say he is highly dangerous and should not be approached. Anupong Suebsamarn, 45, a tourist from Thailand, has been named by Thai media as one of the dead.
Cherif Chekatt, the Strasbourg shooting suspect, is still at large. A search of his apartment in Neudorf revealed a grenade, a rifle, four knives - two of which were hunting knives - and ammunition. Fritz says it took more than 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. The Italian foreign ministry has said one of the injured is an Italian journalist who was covering the European parliament, but declined to confirm media reports that he was in a serious condition. Les contrôles aux frontières sont renforcés. We dragged him into a restaurant close by.
Macron adjourned a meeting at the presidential palace on Tuesday night to monitor the events, his office said. When he got out the vehicle, he fired at police officers before escaping into the night. How did the attack unfold? Image copyright Police Nationale France French police have appealed for help in finding a man suspected of a Christmas market gun attack in Strasbourg that killed three people, and left a fourth brain dead and 12 others wounded. Police raided his home earlier in the day after a failed armed robbery, where the found grenades. Officials did not explain the reason for the conflicting death tolls.