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Strasbourg shooting: French police hunt for gunman

ANI | Updated: Dec 12, 2018 19:03 IST

Strasbourg [France], Dec 12 (ANI): The manhunt is underway for a gunman in connection with the Strasbourg shooting at a Christmas market in the French city. Three people were killed and at least 13 wounded in the open fire that took place on Tuesday.
The attacker opened fire at around 8 pm in one of the busiest streets in the city, leaving the crowd in a panic.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in a press conference said that the gunman, who exchanged shots with security forces twice as he escaped, had evaded a police dragnet and was on the run, raising concerns of a follow-up attack.
"The government has raised its security threat to the highest level and is bolstering border controls. We will also reinforce security at all Christmas markets to prevent copycat attacks," he added.
Besides, five people were detained in the overnight searches carried out by the police in the city. Eight of the injured are in serious condition and some had head wounds, reported Al Jazeera quoting Laurent Nunez, secretary of state for the Interior Ministry.
The motive of the attack is not known so far. The investigation is on. (ANI)