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Strasbourg shooting leaves 3 dead in possible terror attack
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Strasbourg shooting leaves 3 dead in possible terror attack

1 by Bloomberg 12.12.2018 From our online archive
Shooter is known and flagged as individual considered to be a threat to national security, say reports
A police car drives in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on 11 December Photo: AFP
A police car drives in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on 11 December Photo: AFP

A shooting at the Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg late Tuesday left three people dead and more than 10 wounded, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

The attack is being investigated as a potential terrorist act, according to the Paris terrorism prosecutor.

Shots were fired around 8pm, and the attacker was still at large shortly before 10:30pm, the local prefecture said, asking residents in the city centre to remain inside.

The shooter, born in Strasbourg, is 29 and flagged with a so-called Fiche S status, indicating an individual considered to be a threat to national security, Agence-France Press reported.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg activated its emergency protocol and was in lockdown, parliamentarian Eva Kaili said in a post on Twitter.

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The parliament was closed, with no one able to leave until further notice, spokesman Jaume Duch said in a tweet.

The shooter was wounded by a military patrol, AFP reported, citing an unidentified police source. An exchange of gunfire occurred in the neighbourhood where the attacker was hiding.

Access to Strasbourg's city centre was cut off for pedestrians, cyclists and road traffic about three blocks from the Kleber main square near the opera house.

Local officials said the area would remain cordoned off for an undetermined period of time. Blue emergency-services lights could be seen several hundred metres away at the other end of nearby Place Broglie.

"The shooting happened in front of us," EU lawmaker Nikos Androulakis said by phone from a cafe near the area.

"As I was leaving the cafe, I heard gunshots, police took us inside, and we are now in lockdown with lights off. They told us the perpetrators are still at large. There are families, small children in here," Androulakis said.